It seems students’ appetite for the popular street drug “Molly” keeps increasing, despite its harmful dangerous and often deadly effects. When I read headlines that tell me 11 students overdosed on “Molly” on campus at Wesleyan University in Connecticut it gives me pause. I have to wonder if the University is doing enough to ensure a safe, drug-free environment. Four people remained hospitalized Monday — two critically ill, two in serious condition — following a weekend overdose cluster involving Wesleyan University students and, apparently, the drug "Molly."
What exactly is the street drug Molly?
For those who don’t know what “Molly” is, it is a concentrated form of ecstasy, but users don't always know if it's truly "pure." Like all synthetic drugs, it could be diluted with other psychogenic substances. It is a real danger to people that could have fatal consequences. Molly is an illegal drug that can cause symptoms like dehydration or a dangerous increase in body temperature, which can lead to kidney failure. Victims can even fall into a coma or die.
So the big question is who’s liable for injuries and deaths from Molly?
Should the schools be held accountable, the rave venues or other on campus organizations? What about music festivals and concert venues? The overdoses seem to be occurring both on school premises and off school premises. Should the courts hold the people promoting it accountable for deaths of people who use it?
If the university or rave venue was put on notice that illegal drug use was taking place on the premise, and more incidents occurred that resulted in students’ deaths, one might file a wrongful death suit against the university and or rave venue. If the drug dealer is caught and found guilty you might also file a civil suit against the drug dealer. Clubs as well, may be held responsible for these deaths if they knew about the practice of patrons bringing in and using the potentially harmful drug and had no safeguards to prevent its illegal possession and use.
In the end, we still believe educating your children to abstain from drug use is crucial to keep them safe. We hope no one ever has to suffer the loss of a child or see them seriously injured from a drug overdose, but if it happens we are here to help. Call us today at 516-222-4000 if your child suffered injuries or passed away from a drug overdose at school, a rave party, concert venue or club.
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