The New York City Medical Examiner announced today that the two students who died at the Electric Zoo music festival over Labor Day had taken fatal doses of the club drug “Molly,” according to a report in the New York Times.
Olivia Rotondo, 20, died from acute intoxication after taking pure MDMA, also known as Ecstasy.
Jeffrey Russ, 23, died of a fatal mix of MDMA and Methaylone – a stimulant often used to cut MDMA.
Methaylone was implicated in the death of a third student, also 20, who died in July.
Rotondo’s death is particularly troubling because she had apparently taken pure MDMA. Molly users had speculated that the recent string of deaths were related to a bad batch of Molly, and possibly another drug entirely. However, Rotondo’s death confirmed even pure MDMA can cause death.
According to the Times, between 2000 and 2011 there have been 43 deaths from MDMA overdoses in NYC – a fraction of the deaths from cocaine (4,676) and heroin (4,151) – but still incredibly concerning. There have been no reported fatal overdoses of marijuana in NYC, which has no known toxic dosage.
Toxicology results for Shelly Goldsmith, the UVA honors student who died after reportedly taking Molly at a DC nightclub last week, are still pending.