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Tonight’s selection is The Velvet Underground, “Heroin.” And I guess that I just don’t know.

Ecstasy pills

Real drug education? (Click the photo to get more)

Speaking of drugs, Festival Lawyer wrote some great tips recently for people using MDMA (Molly or Ecstasy) at raves — the legal consequences they could face,

‘I just took six hits of Molly.’ Those were 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo’s last words to an EMS worker at this year’s Electric Zoo Music Festival. Jeffrey Russ, 24, also died from an MDMA overdose at that same event. Four other people were hospitalized.

Fortunately, the media used the tragedy at Electric Zoo to have a thoughtful, informed discussion about MDMA use in the EDM community. Just kidding. The media chose the ‘Blind Hysteria’ option. For example, The New York Daily News’ headline the next day was simply “DEATH FEST”.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Congress was attempting to outright ban all raves and dance music events on the basis that club owners and promoters knowingly allowed illegal drug activity on their premises. And when a teenager died at Electric Daisy Carnival in 2010, California politicians immediately proposed the “Anti Raves Act” of 2011 to ban raves entirely in the state.

That’s why I am suggesting it is up to the dance community to police itself now before the government jumps into EDM events to propose new regulations or ban raves completely.

And just as importantly, a second part on how to be a supportive, safe community that encourages responsible drug use:

In writing the second part of this article about ‘Ecstasy Safety,’I found almost as many urban myths surrounding the medical aspects of Ecstasy as there are surrounding the legal aspects of the drug.

That’s why I’m super fortunate to be able to collaborate with Stefanie Jones and Missi Wooldridge from DanceSafe.

DanceSafe is a grassroots organization that promotes health, education and safety within the rave and festival community. DanceSafe is also one of the leading groups promoting “harm reduction” policies in the rave and festival community.

‘Harm Reduction’ is a public health philosophy that encourages policy choices at raves and fests that reduce the risks associated with the use of MDMA.

Think of this article as a form of ‘Personal Harm Reduction.’ What specific, practical medical tips should ravers who choose to use Ecstasy know?

I recommend you share both articles with anyone involved in the electronic music culture or curious about psychedelic experiences — real drug education.

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and