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Let us introduce you to MOLLY, again
Over the past week the news items about the drug MOLLY have once again come to the forefront. We’ve posted about MOLLY in the past, but again it seems we should take time today to feature MOLLY and its dangers. So let’s do it again…“Once more with feeling!”
“It makes you feel the music better…”
In the summer 2013 NBC Nightly News’ Ron Mott reported on the deadly consequences of MOLLY. Take a couple of minutes and watch this video.
Having trouble viewing the video? You can see it here.
If you’re wondering why we chose this video to share with our readers, it is because we were taken by the rather cavalier response provided by one of the young women who was interviewed as to why she chose to experiment with MOLLY: “It makes you feel the music better!”
MOLLY seems to have been used at Wesleyan University
It was reported on February 23, 2015, that a dozen college age people were hospitalized with suspected overdoses from MOLLY. Ten
of the dozen are students at Wesleyan University and two were visiting the campus on the weekend of February 21st and 22nd. As of yesterday, February 26, one of the twelve is still hospitalized. (It should be noted that the police counted only 11 who were hospitalized.)
By Tuesday evening the Middleton, CT, police department had arrested four Wesleyan University students: three men and one woman, three of
whom are neuroscience majors. According to NBC Connecticut, the charges are:
- Lonergan has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and 16 counts of illegally obtaining or supplying drugs. His bond was set at $100,000.
- Olson was charged with two counts of possession of a hallucinogen, sale of a hallucinogen, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Olson’s bond was set at a total of $175,000. He was released after posting bond and is due in court in March.
- Kramer was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a regulated substance and possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana. Bond was set at $75,000.
- Al Nakib has been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $100,000.
The doctors treating the overdose victims emphasized that it was important to discover the source of the illicit drugs, as MOLLY is almost always not just pure methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), but can also includes a mixture of several designer drug chemicals. Not knowing that exact compound makes treating the overdose victims problematic.
Sadly this incident on the Wesleyan University campus is not the first time that multiple students were hospitalized after taking MOLLY. Another incident occurred in September 2014.