The face of ecstasy addiction: Who uses Molly/MDMA? (INFOGRAPHIC)

The typical Molly (ecstasy) user in the U.S. is a Non-Hispanic White male, who’s an employed college graduate, lives in a large metro area, and has an annual family income under $40,000. Find out more statistics in this infographic.

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Who uses Molly?

While use of Molly (ecstasy) among adolescents aged 12 – 17 has declined in recent years, use rates remains steady among adults. Still, over half a million adults surveyed in 2014 were current Molly users. Among people aged 12 or older in the same year, 0.2% used ecstasy. These percentages represent approximately 609,000 during that year who used ecstasy.

Some more statistics and demographics: An in-depth study of ecstasy users conducted in 2008, found the majority of ecstasy users to be:

The face of ecstasy addiction: Who uses Molly/MDMA? (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • Non-Hispanic White – 73%
  • Male – 65%
  • Employed college graduates
  • Living in large metro areas
  • Have an annual family income under $40,000

Age-specific Molly use and abuse statistics

Age group 12-17 years old (adolescents)

  • 1.2% of adolescents have taken ecstasy at least once in their lifetime.
  • 0.7% of adolescents have taken ecstasy in the year previous to the survey.
  • 0.2% of 12-17 years olds reported using ecstasy within the month previous to being surveyed.

Age group 18-25 years old (young adults)

  • 12% of young adults reported using ecstasy at least one time in their lives.
  • 3.5% of 18-25 years olds reported using the ecstasy within the previous year.
  • 1% of young adults aged 18-25 had used ecstasy within the past 30 days preceding the survey.

Age group 26+ years old (adults)

  • 6.4% of adults aged 26+ reported using the drug at least once in their life.
  • 0.5% of 26+ years olds reported using ecstasy within the previous year.
  • 0.1% of adults aged 26 or older reported ecstasy use within the last 30 days before being surveyed.

Ecstasy use can be dangerous

Molly use is dangerous for your physical and mental health. In 2011, ecstasy use was involved in an estimated 22,498 emergency department (ED) visits, the majority of which occurred among individuals within the age bracket 18 – 29. ED visits that involve ecstasy have more than doubled since 2004.nReports show that males represent around 70% of total ecstasy-related ED visits.

Molly use and addiction questions

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Reference Sources: DrugAbuse: MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly)
SAMHSA: Results from the 2013 NSDUH: Summary of National Findings
SAMHSA: Results from the 2013 NSDUH: Mental Health Detailed Tables
SAMHSA: Monthly Variation In Substance Use Initiation Among Full-TIime College Students
SAMHSA: Hallucinogens
SAMHSA: Behavioral Health Trends in the U.S.: Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
The DAWN Report: Ecstasy-Related Emergency Department Visits by Young People Increased between 2005 and 2011; Alcohol Involvement Remains a Concern
DrugAbuse: Club Drugs
The DAWN Report: Emergency Department Visits Involving Phencyclidine (PCP)
NCJRS: Club Drugs – Facts and Figures
Video: National Geographic – High on Ecstasy
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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