What began as an "underground" scene blew up into the multi million dollar festivals you see today but the damage done by the corrupt event promoters hasn't been undone. Many people now go to these festivals to enjoy them as they are but many still use these places for drug use, and still promote the drugs onto impressionable teens. Now that the RAVE Act is in place many festivals don't feel safe offering free water, chill rooms, or drug education at their shows which not only harms the teens who have no idea what they are getting into, but the people who go to have fun and end up dying of dehydration or heat stroke.
But I'm sure drug use is on the decline due to the Act! And it is only a matter of time before it's all gone right?
Actually, if you look at the numbers taken from surveys done by SAMHSA and RTI International the number of people over 12 who have tried MDMA has remained pretty steady from 2009-2017.
That's not the case at all! Groups like DanceSafe are popping up all over the world. These groups are non-profits that go to shows and provide free water, relaxation stations, and informational pamphlets about the drugs going around shows and what to do if you or a friend may have taken something you are unsure of!
So there's nothing being done?
No not at all! It's educating teens to hopefully prevent the drug use and help them survive if it's too late. Many DanceSafe chapters also provide testing kits to test drugs at these shows to show kids that they are not always buying what they think they are and to show how easy it is to put something dangerous into your bodies that you aren't even aware of.
Isn't that just promoting that drug use is ok?
Well, that sounds really nice actually. But wait, doesn't having those groups at shows break the standards of the Rave Act?
The wording of the RAVE Act is very vague so yes technically these groups do break those laws.
So now, armed with all the knowledge I can give you, do you want to change the message you are spreading here?