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Published on Sep 19, 2013
Just a few days after the start of classes at the University of the Virginia in fall 2013, the UVa community was saddened by the death of Shelley Goldsmith, a Jefferson Scholar and a well-known, highly engaged student in her second year at UVa. The circumstances of Shelley's death have not been confirmed, but her parents believe she died as a result of taking "Molly," or Ecstasy (also known as MDMA), while attending an Electronic Dance Music concert in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Chris Holstege, Executive Director of UVa Student Health and a noted toxicology expert with the UVa Health System, describes the risks and myths associated with Molly, emphasizing that it is impossible to know the purity level or content of such drugs. The video was produced by UVa Student Affairs in consultation with Shelley's parents, Robert and Deirdre Goldsmith, to help the UVa community and others become educated about the risks of Molly and other illicit drugs.