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NH drug culture: It’s parents vs. the dealers

“I just took six hits of Molly.” Those were the last words of UNH Junior Olivia Rotondo, age 20, as reported by The New York Post. She spoke them to an EMT moments before dying. She had gone to New York City to attend a rave, where she and another student died of apparent overdoses of “Molly,” or ecstasy.

Early last Wednesday morning, Brittany Flannigan, 19, of Derry, a sophomore at Plymouth State University, died at a concert at the House of Blues in Boston. She was one of three young people who reportedly overdosed there that night. On Sunday night, police say three more young people overdosed at another Boston concert. (Flannigan’s was the only death.)

Speaking of the drug, Robert Merner, commander of the Boston Police Department’s Drug Control Unit, told The Boston Globe, “It’s clearly in the mainstream.” Interviews this newspaper did with New Hampshire college students last week found the same thing. Molly is all over the place.

If you think that living in bucolic New Hampshire protects your children from inner-city drug culture, you are wrong. The drug culture is here, as are the drugs. It’s not just ecstasy. New Hampshire is crawling with heroin and meth, among other hard drugs. Manchester’s largest-ever heroin bust took place just last week. But the drugs are not confined to Manchester and Nashua. They are in the small towns, in the colleges, in the high schools.

Parents, the state border is not a barrier to the drug trade. To protect your children, you have to talk to them. You have to make them understand the potential consequences. Good, well-raised kids make mistakes, too. But they are much less likely to say yes when offered a hit if they know how strongly mom and dad disapprove.

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