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Sunday, August 03, 2014

A North Carolina man died and 20 people were hospitalized due to apparent drug overdoses during a pop and dance music festival Saturday in Maryland. Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, of Raleigh, North Carolina, died after being taken to the hospital at 9 p.m. Friday from the all-day Mad Decent Block Party festival in Columbia, about 20 miles southwest of Baltimore. The festival travels across the country featuring performers that are mostly electronic dance music acts. "The drug use among some concerts is getting out of hand," Tri-Cities EDM Scene wrote on Twitter in response Saturday's events.


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Seth Hurwitz, chairman of IMP and operator of the event venue Merriweather Post Pavilion, said the incident spoke to the pervasive drug culture of teens and young adults:

"Our hearts go out to the family as they face the unimaginable. As a parent, it makes me horribly sad beyond words to think of a tragedy like this. We can spend every minute of the day making perfect sense to our children regarding the obvious perils of drugs, but sometimes it is impossible to convince them that this is relevant to their world.

"This particular type of incident is not the problem of those who should have known better ... it's the problem of those too young to believe it could happen to them. Sadly we find ourselves in the classic position of trying to tell kids not to do something they think is fun."


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Who would have thought kids doing drugs at concerts? Sounds more like dehydration and crappy music frying their brains.

#1 | Posted by soulfly at 2014-08-03 05:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

The authorities sure are convinced it's drugs.

Reminds me of when some disaster happens and they say the don't know they cause but they've ruled out terrorism.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-08-03 06:13 PM | Reply | Flag:


#3 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-08-03 06:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

The proximity to that much pertness


Might be too much for a young feller like me

#4 | Posted by FlyUntied at 2014-08-03 06:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

Make the promoters pay for their ill gotten gains and lack of security. They'll think twice before they kill more kids.

#5 | Posted by Robson at 2014-08-03 07:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

#5 | Posted by Robson

Just plain stupid to blame it on the promoter.


#6 | Posted by Dave at 2014-08-03 10:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

A concert that featured a DJ?!? They once called those things 'sock hops'...

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-04 08:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

I've been going to concerts for 40 years. Drug use has been part of the equation for at least 41 of them. I saw Led Zeppelin when I was in high school - still the most stoned, drugged-out crowd I've ever seen, by far.

#8 | Posted by cbob at 2014-08-04 02:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

The authorities sure are convinced it's drugs.

Reminds me of when some disaster happens and they say the don't know they cause but they've ruled out terrorism.


Oh, Im sure they were on drugs and more than 21 were did the exact same drugs. But if you going to do drugs, do them right. Dont mix it with redbull and alcohol. Especially if your going to be jumping around and dancing all night. Hydration is key to having a good trip or bad one. If you going to be dumb, dont be stupid.

#9 | Posted by soulfly at 2014-08-05 01:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

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