Eleven students from Wesleyan University have been treated for suspected MDMA, also known as Molly, drug overdoses. One of the students is still listed in critical condition following the overdose.
Reuters reports that eleven students have been transported to area hospitals for apparent Molly overdoses. Four students went directly to hospitals, while another seven were transported to the hospital. Dean Michael Whaley, vice president of student affairs, wrote in a letter to the campus that one sophomore student was in critical condition following the overdose on MDMA. Other students were also exhibiting similar symptoms and have been treated.
The Huffington Post notes that Dean Whaley has asked students to be sure to check on their friends in light of the recent happenings. Whaley also says that he is working in conjunction with Middletown police, university police, and residence officials to investigate the drug use.
The Inquisitr previously reported on a family that is pushing for new forms of drug education called “harm reduction” following overdose death of their daughter by Molly. Harm reduction focuses on teaching teens and young adults to better manage drug use wherever they are at in life. From learning ways to decrease the likelihood of an overdose, to recognizing early signs of an overdose, harm reduction goes beyond abstinence teaching.
“Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet drug users ‘where they’re at,’ addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction.”
The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that MDMA, or Molly, is a “synthetic, psychoactive drug that has similarities to both the stimulant amphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline.” The drug consists mostly of ecstasy and is a popular party drug among teens and young adults. The institute notes that Molly is particularly harmful to those with cardiovascular issues.
“MDMA can have many of the same physical effects as other stimulants like cocaine and amphetamines. These include increases in heart rate and blood pressure, which are particularly risky for people with circulatory problems or heart disease.”