Posted by Dr. Vollmer on September 4, 2013
“Most of the dead were in their teens and early 20s, according to the records. The youngest was 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez, who overdosed at Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival in 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.”
Thousands of people gather together for an all-night concert with dangerous drugs being passed around, like water, making the timbers there for a fire, but it seems to me children had to die to let people know this was dangerous. I have been anxious about raves for years, hearing about the crowded conditions, lack of sleep, and heavy drug use. I have worried about adolescent after adolescent who attends these events, knowing that the ingredients for disaster are there. Sure enough, children have died, heads have rolled, and raves continue. I know we live in a free country, and so we are not about to legislate the freedom to go to concerts, but having adolescents in a large crowded space, not having good impulse control, is a recipe for disaster. I am glad that New York and Los Angeles and Dallas have closed their venues for raves, but I am saddened that these young people had to die to make that happen. I think about Sasha Rodriguez, not knowing her, but imagining that she was a young kid who, quite accidentally, got into harm’s way, which in other venues would have given her a bad headache, or a close encounter with a toilet, but given the dangers of a rave, resulted in death. How sad this must be for her family, her friends, and for her.