Boston police worry about 'Molly' after overdoses
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Boston police say they are concerned there may be a bad batch of the drug known as Molly being sold in the Northeast after multiple overdoses in Massachusetts and New York.
Appearing before the Boston Licensing Commission, employees from the House of Blues explained what happened a week ago, the night emergency responders were called to the club following three overdoses including one that ended with the death of 19-year-old Brittany Flannigan a sophomore at Plymouth State. Heartbroken family and friends gathered in New Hampshire for her funeral on Wednesday afternoon.
Speaking before the commission, Liz Steel who is part of the House of Blues security team, described how she found Flannigan in medical distress.
“I arrived about three or four steps outside the stairwell to find a female convulsing on her feet, being supported by her sister,” said Liz Steel, House of Blues Security.
Police believe Flannigan and the two others who came to the show separately may have ingested a potent form of ecstasy called Molly. The two others who overdosed were hospitalized but survived.
Superintendent William Evans said Boston police know the House of Blues patrons bought their drugs before they got to the club from someone outside the city. He said police expect to make arrests.
Just days after the House of Blues incident, two men overdosed from what may have been LSD during a concert at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston. In the same weekend a UNH student and another man died at a music festival in New York City after apparently taking Molly.
“Very, very difficult to determine whether someone has a tiny pill or a packet of powder in their purses or in their bra or underwear or such a thing,” said Dennis Quilty, House of Blues Attorney.
The license commission has taken the House of Blues case under advisement. Meanwhile Boston police say they'll be meeting with the license commission and a lot of club operators sometime next week to go over the dangers of these club drugs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.