By Dana Dean
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Next time you hear kids talk about Molly, it might not be their new friend. They could be referring to the drug craze among young people.
Molly is everywhere. It's found inseveral hip hop songs and even at a Madonna concert. Molly is also in St. Louis.
"Molly is blowing up right now," saud Arnold resident Caleb Veal.
Such a sweet-sounding name, but Molly's innocence stops there. Veal said, "I wanted to take more and more and more."
Molly is a drug. Veal says the first time he tried it was when he was 16 years old. He's now 22-years-old and says hehas been clean fornine months. He remembers meeting Molly.
"It's takes about 40 to 45 minutes for it to kick in. You started to see vibrant colors. You start to become really joyful, really excited, really happy," he said.
Molly is a pure, powder form of MDMA, the same drug you find in Ecstasy.
"Basically the same high, just more intense," Veal explained. "But the come down is horrible. You feel really sick, your stomach hurts, you can't sleep, so you do more."
Molly is not new, but it's becoming more popular with teenagers, according to police in our area. The Missouri Poison Center has received more calls about Molly this year than in the last three years.
"Molly is definitely getting more popular," said Veal.
Those who take it say the music industry is driving it.
"Anything that any musician says, you see it on TV, or hear it on the radio, you want to do it," he said.
But the poison center warns at the same music festival in Miami where Madonna asked concertgoers, "How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?" Molly was linked to three deaths.
Police we spoke with say it's easily found at local music festivals, whether they're in the city or in the rural area.
"They try to soften it up. But it's killing people," Veal said.
Veal says drugs ruined his life. Since the age of 12, he's been doing hardcore drugs.
Nine months ago, he checked himself in to St. Louis Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. Two weeks into the program, he says he wanted to leave. That's when Veal walked into the chapel and says he poured his heart out to God.
Veal said, "I said, 'God, if you were here the whole time, if you are here with me now, show me something. Show yourself to me.' And I just opened the Bible to some random book and I heard just the softest most gentle voice say, 'Go to Isaiah and start reading.' I said, 'Okay.' Turned to Isaiah, start reading. Chapter 1, Verse 5. Right at the beginning, asked me two questions: Why do you continue to invite punishment? Must you rebel forever? Stop. So I had to. I had to give up and say, all right, fine. You take the wheel. I'll ride shot gun."
Veal has been sober from drugs and alcohol ever since.
He said, "I never thought that I would be sober. But today, I can say I am and that feels phenomenal. It feels so good to say that I am sober."
Veal hopes to work with teens in the St. Louis area soon and share his story about overcoming drugs.
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