4 Students Charged in Wesleyan 'Molly' ODs

At least 2 people still reportedly being treated after overdoses
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2015 6:09 AM CST
Updated Feb 25, 2015 6:44 AM CST
4 Students Charged in Wave of 'Molly' ODs at Wesleyan
This image provided by the Middletown Police Department shows Zachary Kramer, 21, of Bethesda, Maryland.   (AP Photo/Middletown Police Department)

Four students are facing charges after 11 students at Wesleyan University were hospitalized with overdoses of MDMA, or "Molly," this weekend. Zachary Kramer, Eric Lonergan, Rama Agha Al Nakib, and Andrew Olson, all aged 20 or 21, were arrested yesterday; they were also suspended from their studies, NBC Connecticut reports. Between them, they face a raft of charges, including counts of possession and supplying drugs. Two of the students seem to have a background in drug policy, Newsweek reports: Olson is named as co-president of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy in a Wesleyan Argus piece last year, while Kramer interned with the FDA, according to LinkedIn. The students' bonds range from $75,000 to $175,000.

Ten students and two guests were hospitalized (though one was for alcohol use), Newsweek reports, and at least two are reportedly still being treated. Police are trying to determine what caused the overdoses. "This particular batch may have had a mixture of several kinds of designer drug chemicals, making the health risks unpredictable and treatment to combat the effects complex and problematic," says the police chief in Middletown, Conn. Wesleyan students were previously hospitalized over MDMA in a separate case, according to an email sent to students in September, NBC notes. All four students charged are to appear in court today. (More Wesleyan stories.)

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