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Published: 2013/09/26

TomorrowWorld Partners with DanceSafe to Educate Patrons About Drugs

TomorrowWorld has partnered with DanceSafe to provide festivalgoers with information about the risks of drug use and offer tips on how to use drugs more safely. The electronic music festival, which takes place this weekend outside of Atlanta, GA, made the decision following the “Molly”-related overdose deaths of two fans at New York City’s Electric Zoo Festival.

DanceSafe is a non-profit organization that provides drug education and harm reduction information to music fans in order to help them make responsible decisions about drug use. The group will have 20 volunteers at TomorrowWorld distributing fliers and staffing an air-conditioned “cool down” lounge.

The recent spike in drug-related deaths at shows and festivals has had many people clamoring about the increasing popularity of “Molly,” or pure MDMA powder. However, many substances that are sold as “Molly” are not actually pure MDMA, which can lead to serious health problems for people who expect one thing but get another. In addition, many festivalgoers are not educated in how to take drugs like MDMA in the most responsible manner possible.

While TomorrowWorld’s organizers say they will have a strict no-drug policy, they are also willing to admit that it will be impossible for them to keep their event completely drug free. Rather than pretend that nothing is happening, the festival has decided to take a pro-active approach to reduce the potential for preventable drug related emergencies.

While the harm reduction approach to drug use is controversial in the United States, these kinds of drug education programs have been in place in European countries for many years, often with the support of law enforcement and government health officials. (TomorrowWorld, unsurprisingly, is an offshoot of the popular Belgian festival TomorrowLand). For instance, police and local authorities in the Netherlands have been working with Unity—a group that is similar to DanceSafe—for more than decade.

DanceSafe and other harm reduction organizations are quick to point out that there is no completely safe way to ingest most illicit substances, however they also work to ensure preventable tragedies are avoided whenever possible. It will be interesting to see how their operation at TomorrowWorld goes. With plenty of states now seriously re-examining their drug policies for the first time in decades, we could be seeing a major shift in the way this country deals with recreational drug use.


There are 5 comments associated with this post

Marco Esquandolas September 26, 2013, 12:42:55

Test kits anyone?

me September 26, 2013, 12:46:24

Whoa… wait a minute… acknowledgement of reality, as well as honest talk about use and safety? Did I wake up in a dream or can this common sense approach actually be happening? Given that “do not do drugs” has about as much chance as “do not have sex”, I’m glad to see that there’s a group that might actually give information that people will listen to! There will still be those who go overboard but giving some kind of guidelines is better than simply saying “no drugs allowed” followed by sticking your head in the sand. As long as you hurt no one and don’t steal to use your drug of choice, have fun but be safe because no parent, sibling, family member or friend want to attend your funeral!

Ted Noogent September 26, 2013, 15:12:06

Here’s a hint…But some weed and go see a real band you loosahs…Death to Skrilex and the EDM gayness…

drasticjasper September 26, 2013, 21:05:51

I have to agree with Ted while I enjoy the occasional rivertrance or bollymunster from SCI I can’t listen to EDM for more than 15 minutes without getting bored silly…it’s not rock and it’s not played on instruments or by musicians which is what jambands are all about. Why you cover this college douchebag crap I will never know or care…like some thugaboo punk running his mouth over a 3 note casio track is not music neither is some hipster douche with a laptop

C'mon September 27, 2013, 01:24:03

Come on guys. This is a good thing no matter how you look at it. If only more festivals had the sense to approach drugs from a harm reduction standpoint. DanceSafe should not only be educating people they should also be testing the drugs as well but there’s legal reasons why the can’t. The kids are gonna take their molly, so might as well hope for world where they can by good, regulated stuff instead of overpriced bath salts and other shit that’s way worse for them. Of course, this country is dumb as hell so we probably won’t treat other drugs like we treat alcohol. When was the last time you went to the hospital because the beer you drank turned out to be something else entirely?

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