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Four Wesleyan University Students Arrested After Overdoses

Eleven people overdosed over the weekend, and two are still in critical condition.

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Four students were arrested in connection with the 11 drug overdoses this weekend, Middletown, Connecticut police told the Hartford Courant.

Police refused to comment to BuzzFeed News on Wednesday morning because the press officer wasn't available yet.

The Courant identified the four students as:

Eric Lonergan, 21, of Rio de Janeiro Brazil, charged with possession of a controlled substance and 16 counts of illegally obtaining or supplying drugs. His bond was set at $100,000.

Andrew Olson, 20, of Atascadero, Calif., charged with two counts of possession of a hallucinogen, one count of sale of a hallucinogen, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $150,000 on the first three counts related to hallucinogens and $25,000 on the others.

Zachary Kramer, 21, of Bethesda, Md., charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a regulated substance and possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana. His bond was set at $75,000.

Rama Agha Al Nakib, 20, of Lutherville, Md., charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of possession of a controlled substance. The bond was set at $100,000.

They have been suspended pending a formal hearing, a university spokeswoman said. “The University takes allegations of the distribution of drugs seriously and is cooperating with state and local officials,” said University President Michael Roth said in a statement. “We will do everything we can to make our community as safe as possible.”

Twelve students in all were hospitalized this weekend. Two of the students remain in critical condition. The others have been released. One of the 12 was admitted for alcohol consumption and not a drug overdose.

Those affected include several Wesleyan students and two visitors to the campus, university president Michael S. Roth said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

The students were hospitalized as of Monday afternoon but four of them will likely be released soon, Roth said.

The Middleton Police Department said in a statement it responded to 11 emergency calls for overdoses on Sunday. It said that two of the individuals are in critical condition and another two are in serious condition.

Students told WFSB that the people who were hospitalized apparently took the drugs during a Saturday night event at the Eclectic Society House, a co-ed campus organization.

"I just don't really know how to feel right now," student Lisa Shepard told WFSB. "It's just very shocking."

Roth said it is important that students realize the dangers of drugs such as Molly, and work to keep their classmates safe.

"Take a stand to protect your fellow students," he said.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Stephanie McNeal at stephanie.mcneal@buzzfeed.com.

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