For decades, the rave scene has been flooded with the use of dangerous, highly addictive drugs. One of the most popular of these drugs has been nicknamed “Molly”— a drug that caused four deaths in 2013. Molly is a mix of MDMA, the key component in Ecstasy, and other unregulated stimulants. The drug has been glamorized in recent years by popular musicians like Kanye West, Madonna and Miley Cyrus, making it come off as cool and fun in a party or concert environment.
Concert Drug-Screening Tactics Increasing
Concert facilitators aren’t taking any chances. They’re cracking down on drug usage during music festivals and other events with the help of sniffer dogs, frequent pat-downs, and a plethora of other drug-screening procedures. It has been noted by the medical community that drugs like Molly, which are already dangerous in nature, become even more dangerous when they are mixed with hot concert-day temperatures and possible dehydration.
Events like Tennessee’s Bonnaroo, has seen a lot of unsolicited drug use in the past, but this year, event organizers are working overtime to prevent drugs like Molly from being a problem. The four-day music and arts event takes place every year in June, and it and its counterparts, events like Electric Zoo and Mysteryland, will hopefully be safe rave environments this year.
People in charge of organizing Electric Zoo, which is a three-day electronic music festival that takes place in New York City, have always enforced a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drugs, but this year, they’re hitting this point even harder with frequent drug searches and sporadically placed amnesty bins, allowing drugs to be thrown away in an anonymous fashion.
Concert Deaths Due To Molly Use
A wake-up call came in the form of two traumatic deaths at last year’s Electric Zoo. On the final day of the concert series, two concertgoers died after taking Molly. This year, event facilitators and law enforcement officials report that they’ll do whatever it takes to prevent such tragedies from happening.
Health organizations like DanceSafe are building a presence at raves and concerts across the country by handing out flyers and positioning information booths and volunteers on the premises. Another step in the right direction came in the form of the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act of 2003, which holds companies, individuals and managers accountable for drug use that takes place on their properties.
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