Why risk it at a rave?

Figures published by the Office for National statistics (ONS), show that deaths linked to drugs such as ecstasy or MDMA are at their highest level in a decade.

(Pier Jam, Hastings.)

The majority of these deaths have been reported to be at nightclubs and raves, with one case coming in the form of Actor John Michie’s daughter. The issue has led to the licenses of particular venues to be revoked within the past two years, ‘Rainbow’ in Digbeth, Birmingham and ‘Fabric’ in Clerkenwell, London. With the latter regaining their license earlier this year, as they have put stricter policies in place to ensure that the presence of drugs at raves is limited. The underlying question is however, can the availability for drugs be stopped all together at these locations.

(I spoke to a raver from Birmingham, who would like to remain anonymous due to personal reasons.)

When being questioned on future solutions, Matthew Phipps, legal representative for Rainbow venues said: “We have the most Stringent measures in place including CCTV, sniffer dogs and searches in the queue and random searches inside and we propose to increase this further by installing CCTV inside the toilets as this has been seen as a problem.” [Birmingham Mail]

(I spoke to events manager Ellie Vorsman on the procedures put in place at raves within the Digbeth area.)

(Daylight view of Pier Jam, Hastings)

Outdoor Festivals have caused more concern due to the amount of security needed in order to prevent as much illegal substance to be removed as possible, but with endless ways of sneaking drugs into events, more and more pressure is ever growing into finding ways on how to provide information for safer drugs, rather than to eliminate them completely from the raving scene.

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