BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) -- Roger Williams University is working to keep a form of the drug ecstasy out of its students hands.
MDMA, also known as Molly, is a pure form of ecstasy. In recent weeks it has claimed the lives of two college students from New England, including a woman from North Providence.
"These tragic incidents underscore the risk of using designer or other mood altering drugs," school officials told their students in a campus-wide email. "As the semester begins, we want to remind the community about the dangers associated with gatherings on and off campus where these illicit drugs may be present."
Molly can cause confusion, anxiety, paranoia, teeth clenching, nausea, faintness, and high doses can lead to hypothermia, liver, kidney, and heart failure.
The message tells students to take the following precautions:
- Never buy or use designer or street drugs
- Never accept drinks from strangers
- Open, pour, and keep an eye on your own drink
- If a friends shows symptoms of a drug or alcohol overdose, seek medical attention
Experts say they believe the spike in Molly use has to do with the revival of electronic dance music at raves, clubs and parties.
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