Pubdate: Sat, 3 Jul 2010
Source: Wall Street Journal (US)
Copyright: 2010 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Author: Jean Guerrero
OUT IN THE OPEN: RAVES AND ECSTASY
LOS ANGELES-Twenty years after their heyday as an underground
phenomenon, the drug-fueled dance parties known as raves are making a
comeback as massive, commercial events.
But a recent wave of ecstasy-related deaths and hospitalizations tied
to such events have left some officials skeptical about their makeover.
Last week, a 15-year-old girl died of apparent drug-related causes
following an enormous rave held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum,
prompting a temporary moratorium on such gatherings at the
municipally owned venue.
An estimated 180,000 people, many of them teenagers, attended the
two-day party, known as the Electric Daisy Carnival.