Fairfax County Police narcotics officers has seized nearly 17 pounds and over 3,000 pills of MDMA, or Molly, since January 2012.
This particular drug has become increasingly popular with high school and college students, according to a FCPD release.
"Police remind residents that parents are still the strongest influencers in their children’s lives," notes the release. "Help make your children, of all ages, safer by having a discussion about illegal drugs."
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The Washington Post notes that Molly may have been a factor in the August death of UVA sophomore Mary “Shelley” Goldsmith, 19. Police are awaiting a toxicology report for a final determination. Molly was also linked to two deaths at a recent New York music festival.
Tips from Unified Prevention Coalition and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America include:
- Make time to talk with children; explain the risks of these drugs.
- Learn the signs of recognizing drug use and how to intervene.
- Educate your family on harmful effects of drugs.
- Make it clear you do NOT approve of drug use.
- Be vigilant. Don’t panic; help is available.
- Secure prescription drugs in your home.
- Get involved; learn more.