UMD educates students about dangers of Molly

Administrators at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth say they want to educate the student body about the dangers of Molly to prevent a tragedy from happening.

Students on campus seem to know about the drug.

"Oh yeah, it's been big for years. I guess everyone's just now catching on that it's a thing," said Eric Rizzotti.

Rizzotti and Chris Guinazzo, both sophomores, said they're not tempted by the drug.

"I'd already think twice about using it. I'm pretty sure it puts holes in your brain," Rizzotti said.

The white powder is either taken in its raw form, as a pill or injected. Molly is a stronger form of ecstasy that makes users feel euphoric and happy, but side effects include dehydration, brain damage and death.

"Actually, permanent brain damage to the part of the brain that affects your ability to feel happiness," Sheila Dorgan, director of Student Health Services at UMass Dartmouth.

Popular songs like one by Trinidad James and two recent Molly-related deaths are why UMass Dartmouth said it had to warn more people than just faculty and staff. Administrators sent an email to all students on campus warning them about the drug.

Some students haven't seen the email yet, but they think it's a good step.

The university also brought up the issue with incoming freshman during orientation and started training peer health educators to talk to students about the drug.

"People hear about it in songs so they think everyone's doing it, and really, not everyone is doing it," said Anna-Rae LeClaire, a peer health educator.

"It's not rampant, but we want our students to make good choices," Dorgan said.

UMD administrators said they have not had to treat any students for Molly addiction.