Providence police, arena prepare for foam party
The Providence Police Department is teaming up with the management and the security staff at the Dunkin' Donuts Center to make sure nothing goes wrong Friday night at the Barstool Blackout Tour Foam Party.
It's not the foam they're worried about. They're worried about a popular and potentially deadly drug called Molly.
So, while workers preparing for the foamy mess by covering just about every inch of the Dunkin' Donuts Center with heavy duty plastic, Providence police and arena managers are implementing a new strategy to protect party-goers from the club drug.
"It is scary. And they make it (Molly) in so many different variations and batches, so you don't know the real purity of Mollies when you consume them," Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements said Wednesday.
Clements told NBC10 that Molly is made of pure MDMA, which is also found in ecstasy, but adds that Molly is much, much more potent than ecstasy.
"And they (the partier) may have consumed Molly in the past, in a lesser purity level, and think they can take one or two, and then they take one or two the following two weeks from now and it's a different purity form, and they may mix that with alcohol, and it becomes very, very dangerous," Clements said.
The increasing popularity of the drug is one reason Friday night's Barstool Blackout Tour Foam Party will feature heavy security, a stepped up police presence, and extra EMTs, all at the promoters expense.
Lawrence Lepore, the general manager of the Dunkin' Donuts Center, has been working with Providence police every step of the way to get ready.
"I think that what we're doing is trying to be prepared, and we're getting out in front of it. We know what the track record is for a show like this. We know what the recent history is in the last few weeks. So, we want to do whatever we can to keep everyone safe. For example, we have already notified both Hasbro and Rhode Island Hospital that the event is happening, that way they will be prepared for any potential problems that may crop up that night. We have learned from past experiences. It's best to keep them in the loop," Lepore said.
And that's why Lepore demanded that the show promoter add a licensed physician to the staff that night.
"One of the things we're doing differently than we've done in the past is that we're going to have a physician for the first time right there at the facility. He'll be able to triage individuals right away and the emphasis won't be right on the EMTs to decide if that person needs to be sent to our local hospital. The physician will be able to do that," Lepore said.
Clements had a strong warning for foam partiers thinking about trying Molly.
"Don't do it. It is so dangerous. It can cause your system to shut down. It can cause heart failure. It causes your body temperature to rise to exorbitant levels. It's not worth it," Clements said.
The Barstool Blackout Tour Foam Party starts at 7 p.m. Friday.
Clements said anyone who appears to be intoxicated will not be allowed in.
Clements also said that because early medical intervention is very important for a person suffering from a Molly overdose, Providence police are urging party-goers to immediately alert Dunkin' Donuts Center staff or authorities if they identify a person at the foam party who appears sick.