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Combating drug deaths at huge outdoor raves with more arrests, 'Good Sam' laws

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Combating drug deaths at huge outdoor raves with more arrests, 'Good Sam' laws

Video: How to stay safe at an outdoor rave

Music festival deaths have increased in the last decade. There have been at least 24 confirmed drug-related deaths since 2006 among those who attended raves organized by Los Angeles-area companies, according to the Los Angeles Times

Two weeks ago, 325 attendees at California's Hard Summer Music Festival were taken into custody. 

Three attendees became ill and later passed away. The causes of their deaths, however, are still unknown. 

The FBI reports that raves can be highly dangerous environments because they are typically loosely regulated, overcrowded, and "club drugs" are abundant. Those illegal club drugs include GHB, ketamine, MDMA and Rohypnol.

Seattle has been promoting a radical approach to festival safety. A good samaritan law has been put in place to protect anyone seeking medical attention for drug emergencies from prosecution. 


The debate over festival safety has mainly focused on whether government agencies should allow these music festivals to be held in publicly owned places. Emergency room doctors have even called for a ban because of the devastating number of overdosed patients from raves. 

Recently, the families of two attendees who died at the 2014 and 2015 festival are both taking legal action and suing Hard Summer's parent company Live Nation -- as well as Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Fair Association -- for negligence and wrongful death.

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