Every year, events known as electronic dance music (EDM) festivals occur throughout the country. EDM festivals are essentially giant raves attended mainly by teenagers and young adults. Such events are notoriously associated with the use of hallucinogenic and designer drugs, like acid or MDMA. These types of festivals usually occur over the course of entire weekends, during which time many of the participants throw caution to the wind and experiment with a number of the aforementioned drugs – often times simultaneously. If you add lack of water and food to the equation, such behavior can be a recipe for disaster; every year people die at EDM festivals from drug related causes.
One of the most popular and common drugs used at EDM festivals is known as “Molly,” a form of MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) – sold commonly in a crystalline powder, thought to be free of adulterants. When used, the drug produces a number short-term desired effects, including feelings of intense euphoria and mild hallucinations. Naturally, the drug also produces unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects, such as
- Increased Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
Often the people who lose their lives at EDM festivals are frequently young, and do not have a known history of drug use, according to The National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse (NCASA). As we approach EDM festival season, parents should be aware of what is occurring at these events, and attendees should be educated about the dangers associated with the use of Molly.
The NCASA reports that a dose of Molly can be acquired for $15-20, and users often take more than one dose due the drugs low price and large supply at EDM events. What’s more, while many users believe Molly to be a pure drug, it is often mixed with “bath salts,” cocaine and methamphetamine. Tests conducted on Molly acquired from EDM festivals showed that the drug is rarely ever 100 percent pure. Taking unknown admixtures of drugs can lead to serious side effects that can jeopardize a person’s health.
In 30 days time, the Ultra Music Festival happens in Miami, Florida. The event is massive, having upwards of 100,000 people in attendance. Along with the hordes of entertainment seekers, there will certainly be massive amounts of mind altering substances, and you can safely bet that Molly will be along for the ride.
If your teenagers or young adult children have expressed an interest in attending the Ultra Music Festival or actually already have tickets, you should know the Family Recovery Specialists are experts at treating young adults offering an At-Risk Program for adolescents and young adults that are experimenting or abusing substances, but may not have a more serious problem. Parents can call our team at 305-595-7378, we have specific experience as it relates to the dance/music culture and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.