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Just say no to drugs, but if you do say yes, roll on E safely

A huge debate was sparked last year after a 15-year-old girl overdosed on Ecstasy and died at Electric Daisy Carnival, an annual music festival and party that many would classify as a rave. Since then, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has taken a zero-tolerance policy on drugs. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, though, issued fliers and postcards at two recent parties with information on Ecstasy use. The flier includes information on the drug itself, potential side effects and harms, and ways to minimize such risks when taking the drug. When the Board of Supervisors caught wind of this, Chairman Michael Antonovich issued a directive to the Department of Public Health stating that the fliers be immediately revised to explicitly state that illegal drug use is not condoned, permitted, nor promoted by the county. The DPH is complying with the request and will issue new information cards soon. But the question (very similar to the one raised in the abstinence only vs. comprehensive sex education debate) remains: when taking a zero-tolerance policy, should the county withhold information about Ecstasy that could save lives? When it comes down to it, is there harm in educating the public on ways to more safely participate in recreational drug use?