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Monday, July 12, 2010

Call for Rave and Ecstasy Task Force In The Wake Of An Overdose

The Electric Daisy Carnival is a huge rave held in the Los Angeles area every year. Like most raves, the concentration of drugs like ecstasy is mind boggling and the need to educate people as to the dangers of hallucinogens and stimulants is greater now than ever. More and more of today's youth have adopted the idea that drugs like ecstasy are not that dangerous, despite the fact that people are overdosing and losing their lives to the drug on a regular basis. This year, on June 26, one such case occurred at the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), as well as another 120 people who left the rave in ambulance rather than their cars; clearly numbers like that for one event should be a concern.

Some of Los Angeles' local officials, like county Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe, are seeing the dangers that accompany raves and would like to create a task force to research the health and safety hazards involved. This has a lot to do with the death of Sasha Rodriguez who overdosed at the EDC; her death has prompted local officials to become more proactive. People are dying and overdosing and it does not seem to be scaring or deterring anyone. Ever since raves came online in the 90's people have been overdosing or crashing their cars on the way home quite frequently; after nearly 20 years of drug dance parties, like the EDC, people still find them safe despite the inherent consequences.

"Police made 118 arrests, mostly for drug possession, during the two-day Electric Daisy Festival at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which featured carnival rides, light shows and appearances by techno music star Moby and Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas", according to the AP.

“This issue of Ecstasy use is becoming an increasing public health problem,” Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the county Department of Public Health said. “We’re very concerned because … the most recent survey shows that more youth think that this drug has not really serious effects. They’re kind of feeling, ‘Well, this is not really a big deal,’”. Unfortunately, ecstasy is a big deal and it does have the ability to strip one of their life, just as it did with Sasha Rodriguez.

What are your thoughts on Raves?

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