Patt Morrison for June 30, 2010

A young girl’s death puts uncomfortable spotlight on raves & drug culture

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Should raves be allowed to take place in public owned venues?

Sasha Rodriguez was 15-years-old when she walked into the L.A. Coliseum to attend the Electric Daisy Carnival rave over the weekend—the minimum age for entrance into the dance party was 16. Sasha died yesterday after being taken off of life support, most likely due to a drug overdose, which casts serious questions over throwing these kinds of parties at City-owned venues like the Coliseum and how raves in general are policed. The Coliseum Commission meets today to consider a new policy while a group of doctors are urging Los Angeles to stop sanctioning raves in any form. But drugs are available everywhere, from big industrial parties to house parties, so will cracking down on raves really put an end to the always rampant drug culture among young people?


Dr. Philip Fagan Jr., the medical director at Good Samaritan’s emergency department

Dr. Marc Futernick, medical director of emergency services at California Hospital Medical Center

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