After concert-goers died at summer music festivals after taking Molly last year, organizers are taking extra precautions this year to protect patrons from these and similar drugs. According to Reuters, some new protective measures may include:
- Drug-sniffing dogs
- Personal searches of attendees
- Tents staffed with medical professionals
- “Amnesty bins” were concert-goers can dump illicit substances without penalty before they are searched
The organizers of Electric Zoo in New York, the summer music festival where two of last year’s deaths occurred, said that concert-goers would have to watch an anti-drug video before their wristbands would be activated. They’ve also pushed back the start time to reduce sun exposure, which can contribute to dehydration and medical issues among those who drink or use drugs. This is in addition to the safety measures put into place last year, including free bottled water and occasional safety reminders.
The Need for Increased Precautions
The deaths last summer were not isolated incidents. They’ve been happening for years, but the media attention has pushed concert organizers to better publicize the efforts they are making to help those who could get into trouble.
Recently, in Boston, more than 80 concert attendees at TD Garden ended up experiencing symptoms of Molly overdose; about 50 of them were treated on site while another 36 sought emergency medical attention at local hospitals. The sheer number of people who were harmed by use of the drug has caught even more people’s attention. It’s clear that something must be done but protection measures at concerts are just the beginning. When it’s clear that a family member is abusing drugs of any kind for any reason, families must come together and support their addicted loved one getting into treatment.
Recreational Drug Abuse Is Deadly
Many people believe that treatment isn’t necessary unless a full-blown physical and psychological dependence is so obvious that even complete strangers can tell that the person is in need of help. The fact is, however, that recreational drug use can be just as damaging and even deadly to the user as chronic, daily drug dependence. Overdoses can occur any time; so too can accidents while under the influence. Additionally, those who binge abuse serious drugs recreationally – as in the cases of concert- and party-goers – are more likely to become victims of sexual assault or involved in a physical altercation.
If your family member is having legal problems, medical issues, or just veering off course due to their use of any illicit substance, don’t wait until it’s too late to intervene. Contact us at Alta Mira now and learn more about our rehabilitation and treatment program.