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Four Wesleyan students were arrested Tuesday night in connection with the 11 overdoses this past weekend. The students currently in custody are Eric Lonergan, 21; Zachary Kramer, 21; Rama Agha Al Nakib, 20; and Andrew Olson, 20.
From Rolling Stone:
Their individual charges vary, ranging from possession of a hallucinogen to possession of a controlled substance to possession of drug paraphernalia. Police didn’t specify what specific connection the four had to the overdoses.
Olsen is ironically the founder of a campus group called Students for Sensible Drug Policy, “an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities.” According to the group’s official website, SSDP “was founded in part to help protect people, especially young people, minimize the harm from drugs.”
Look what you did, Miley.
Eleven Wesleyan students were hospitalized after all of them experienced symptoms of overdoses on the drug molly. In case your only knowledge of molly was given to you by Miley Cyrus and Juicy J, molly (also known as MDMA) is a more potent form of ecstasy. It has been popularized by rappers and is responsible for deaths at concerts and music festivals in the past. When paired with alcohol, other drugs, and dehydration that occurs in conjunction with using molly at festivals and parties, this drug can be lethal.
CBS reports the overdoses happened at a party held by Eclectic Society House, a coed group on campus. Police arrived at the scene after they received multiple calls for help that night, and the 11 students experiencing symptoms of overdose were rushed to the hospital. Two are still in critical condition.
Police think that the students might have ingested a “bad batch” of molly. Given the fact that most of the molly sold on the streets contains bath salts, very little actual MDMA, crystal meth, coke, and a plethora of over the counter pills you could find in your grandparent’s medicine cabinet, I’m not sure if there is such a thing as a “good batch” of this stuff. Police are on the hunt to find out more about the bad batch, not only to track down and arrest the dealer, but to help doctors treat the students affected. Anyone with information is urged to called the Middlesex police.
The university is aware of the situation and has issued updates on the conditions of those hospitalized.
“If you are aware of people distributing these substances, please let someone know before more people are hurt,” Wesleyan University President Michael Roth wrote in a letter to campus.
After seeing the effects of this drug lead to the death of a student at my school during Austin City Limits last year, I became acutely aware of the awfulness of this party drug. Trust me when I say it’s not worth it, and if it can happen to these students and others, it can happen to you, too..
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