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More local overdoses, deaths in New York blamed on club drug

Crowds at the Electric Zoo Music Festival in New York on Saturday. Sunday’s events were canceled after two deaths.
Crowds at the Electric Zoo Music Festival in New York on Saturday. Sunday’s events were canceled after two deaths.Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times

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Two men suffered apparent overdoses of a club drug at a Boston concert Saturday night while the same night in New York City, a University of New Hampshire student died at a music festival after apparently taking the drug, which is also suspected in a death Tuesday at Boston’s House of Blues.

New York City officials said the deaths of UNH student Olivia Rotondo, 20, of North Providence, R.I., and a man from Rochester, N.Y., who attended the Electric Zoo Music Festival appeared to be connected to the club drug MDMA, a pure form of ecstasy commonly called by the street name Molly.

Also, in Brockton Saturday night, police arrested two men on charges of dealing the drug.

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