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CCU community mourns the loss of a student to Molly

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University students and staff are mourning the death of one of their own. 

A 19-year-old student, Victoria Callahan died Thursday morning, following a birthday celebration in Washington D.C. Authorities say she overdosed on the drug Molly.

Coastal Carolina University leaders say drugs and alcohol are a growing problem on all college campuses. While Molly isn't an issue that comes up often at Coastal, it is still addressed along with the risks with all substance abuse.

“It's always a risk,” Associate Director of Alcohol & Drug Prevention at CCU Lee Carter said. “Any death that's related to alcohol and other drugs is preventable.”

Which is why the dangers are discussed, before students even step on campus. The school requires incoming students to complete online programs regarding drugs, alcohol and sexual conduct. When they get on campus, those lessons are reinforced through first-year experience courses.

If a student gets caught, education is the priority. Discipline depends on the situation, but some go without warning. The VP of Student Affairs at CCU Debbie Conner said distribution of drugs on campus has a no tolerance policy.

“We do remove students from our campus community if we do feel like they're putting other students in danger,” said Conner.

While CCU leaders say molly isn't a problem that comes up on campus, students say it's an issue when you step off.

“They're not seen on campus obviously, but when you go out to bars or parties it's hard to miss them,” said CCU student Zach Cafiero. “It's a scary thing, I don't know why anybody would risk that.”

Carter says she finds students rely on their parents as a resource, so have the conversation, again-and-again. It may mean the difference between life and death.

“It always hits home when it's one of your own, when it's a member of our community,” said Conner. “I think for students that it does bring them to pause for a moment to consider making a different choice.”

Days after Callahan's death, friends of the CCU student created a Go Fund Me account for her family: http://www.gofundme.com/wtqdcg?fb_action_ids=10206023997292336&fb_action_types=og.shares

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