An old drug with a hot new name is being blamed for two deaths at a New York City dance festival this holiday weekend, forcing an early end to the event.
Molly, as it’s now known, is a form of Ecstasy and is being linked to a recent string of overdoses.
Promoters shut down New York’s multi-day Electric Zoo music festival after the deaths of two young people. Police said 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo and 23-year-old Jeffery Russ died after taking Molly. Four others are in critical condition.
Molly, short for molecule, is supposed to be the purest form of MDMA, the main ingredient in Ecstasy.
“It raises your body temperature, your heart rate goes up, your blood pressure goes up, and so it does make you more prone to heat stroke,” said ABC News crime analyst Brad Garrett.