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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Multiple Deaths at Electronic Music Festivals

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Designer drugs, such as MDMA or “Molly,” are synonymous with electronic dance festivals. No matter where an event is held, from California to Maryland, you can be sure that some people are consuming large amounts of drugs, which can be deadly. Recently, two males, ages 20 and 17, died after attending the Mad Decent Block Party in Columbia, Maryland, according to the Baltimore Sun. An additional nineteen other people were hospitalized after attending the same event.

Investigators are looking at the security and screening procedures of the festival venue, according to the article. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said, “Substances that are becoming increasingly prevalent at certain concerts are incredibly dangerous,” he said, “and as a parent I am concerned that our children may be taking unnecessary risks.”

Unfortunately, such occurrences are not isolated events, on the same weekend, a 19-year-old woman who attended the 2-day Hard Summer festival in Whittier Narrows, CA died of a suspected drug overdose, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Fred Corral said to LA Weekly.

While organizers of summer music festivals are increasing drug screening procedures due to the deaths from the year before, it is impossible to get all the drugs. Year after year people continue to take their lives in their hands when taking drugs like Molly. Molly is a powdered form of MDMA, it is extremely difficult to properly dose a drug like Molly, users never know exactly how much of the drug to take because they cannot gauge the strength of the drug until they take it.

Organizers from a popular electronic music festival, New York’s Electric Zoo, announced that this year fans will be required to view an anti-drug public service announcement online in order for their festival wristbands to activate. What’s more, the event is going to start later in the day to minimize sun exposure. Additionally, organizers may place “amnesty bins” at the gates, a place where event goers can dispose of illicit substances before they are searched.

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