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Concerts Canceled After “Molly” Overdoses

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BOSTON (CBS) – Several New England venues are making changes after incidents involving the drug “Molly.”

The Ocean Club at Marina Bay in Quincy has been the scene of several Molly related problems during the summer including 12 overdoses, and a number of arrests. Now club owners have voluntarily decided to shut down for the rest of the season, canceling upcoming events.

In Manchester, New Hampshire, the Verizon Wireless arena decided to cancel the Barstool Blackout tour. Two New Hampshire college students have died of suspected Molly overdoses at other concerts in the last month. Olivia Rotondo, a junior at UNH, died while attending the annual Electric Zoo Music Festival in New York. Brittany Flannigan, a 19-year-old Plymouth State student, died of a suspected overdose at a DJ Zedd performance at the House of Blues in Boston.

The mayor of Manchester says police are desperately trying to educate young people on the danger. “Well I think what they’re trying to do is get a handle and find out how large an issue this is across the country so that we can find some stop gaps in the city of Manchester,” said Mayor Ted Gatsas, “and maybe education to the youth is the most important thing.”

In Agawam, Six Flags New England has decided to postpone a September 28th show called The Electric Adventure, a rave type event similar to others where there have been problems with Molly.

Boston Police say they will have more police at this weekend’s “Boston Calling” music festival on City Hall Plaza.

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