Of several Wesleyan University students who were hospitalized after overdosing on MDMA, or "Molly," over the weekend in Middletown, one remains at Hartford Hospital, according to Middletown Police.
Officials started receiving calls for medical help from the Butterfield and Foss Hill dorms, as well as 200 High Street at 7:30 a.m., 8:21 a.m., 12:26 p.m., 1:21 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to Middletown Fire Battalion Chief David Anderson said.
Several students were transported to Middlesex Hospital, then LifeStar transported two students to Hartford Hospital and an ambulance transported two more, according to police. Two of the four students were listed in critical condition and two were listed in serious condition.
As of Thursday afternoon, one student remains at Hartford Hospital. The student's name has not been released and no information has been released on the student's status. Police said they believe the students taken to Middlesex Hospital were released on Monday.
Wesleyan students Eric Lonergan, 21; Andrew Olson, 20; Zachary Kramer, 21; and Rama Agha Al Nakib, 20, were arrested on drug charges Tuesday and immediately suspended from the school pending a formal hearing. Police said none of the students arrested was among those hospitalized. At least three of whom were studying neuroscience.
Lonergan, Kramer and Nakib appeared in court Wednesday. Olson, founder and co-president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Wesleyan, posted bond following his arrest and is due in court next week.
All three students were known to deal drugs among their peers, according to the warrants.
Investigators are also working to identify chemicals included in the MDMA that sickened students on Sunday.
Police have been working to find out how the drug got to campus and believe they've identified the source of the "Molly," which they said is information that could help the ill students recover.
A spokesperson for the university said Wesleyan is taking steps to keep students both informed and safe.
"The drug ‘Molly’ is widespread and becoming increasingly more prevalent on college campuses nationwide. Following the student hospitalizations in September, Wesleyan's Health Services Department emailed information to all students warning about the dangers of the drug," Lauren Rubenstein, Associate Manager of Public Relations at Wesleyan, said in a statement Tuesday.
Doctors call MDMA a designer amphetamine that users take to feel euphoric.