Sayreville PD to monitor “Glow parties”
Police to monitor “Glow parties”
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief John Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department announced today that law enforcement agencies within the county are stepping up efforts to alert parents about the growing sale and use of the illegal drug, “Molly,” at promoted events, particularly “Glow parties.” Such an event is being hosted by a Sayreville nightclub on April 12, 2014.
While “Glow parties,” some more specifically called “Hyper-Glow parties,” are being billed as club events with music and dancing, law enforcement is concerned that they will draw young people who will sell and purchase illegal substances, including MDMA, (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine) in the form of the drug commonly known as “Molly.”
Efforts to monitor such events have increased since several participants at other locations in Middlesex County recently have been hospitalized as a result of using the drug.
Molly is a hallucinogen and amphetamine consisting of toxic chemicals that cause the central nervous system to produce a higher heart rate, high blood pressure, sweating and a sense of euphoria. This euphoria includes a feeling that everyone is the close friend of the user and renders the users vulnerable to harm.
Since the drug is unregulated and illicit, users of pills being sold as Molly do not know what dangerous chemicals are used to manufacture the drug. While overdose deaths have been reported in other jurisdictions from the use of Molly and other so-called “club drugs,” the long-term harmful effects are also of grave concern to law enforcement.
“Just because an event is advertised for young people under 21, it does not mean that it is safe to attend. When it comes to club parties, the opposite is often true.” Acting Prosecutor Carey said. “Parents need to realize that such events are dangerous places due to the availability of the illicit drugs, as well as the presence of sexual predators, whose goal is to take advantage of incapacitated minors.”
“Often at these events, glow sticks are used to enhance the experience of the Molly user. By marketing the event as a ‘Glow Party,’ the promoters of the event have made it perfectly clear that they expect, and welcome, illicit drug sale and use.”
Parents expect these parties to be safe, since they are open to children as young as 16, but “there is no guarantee that these events will be safe, especially events that over the years have had a tremendous involvement with drugs such as Molly,” said Angelo M. Valente, executive director of The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
Parents need to realize that any event posting an on-duty medical staff to quickly treat overdose cases is an event that their children should not be attending, Valente said.
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