School is out for summer and the concert scene is in full swing. For many of the younger crowd this might mean their first ever experience at a live music concert. Techno music seems to attract this younger crowd and has been plagued lately by unfortunate drug related incidents at some concerts. Thursday night in Boston, a techno music concert at TD Bank North Garden saw over 80 medical incidents and over 30 emergency room visits, mostly attributed to the use of alcohol and other drugs. Despite all precautions taken by the concert promoters, it appears that many concert attendees were getting high before arriving at the venue and then suffering the consequences.
The combination of youthful inexperience, the high temperatures in the Garden and the energized dancing that accompanies this type of music resulted in medical emergencies that required intervention from first responders. In addition to alcohol, the drug most cited as causing problems this night was Molly.
Molly, short for molecule, is considered to be pure MDMA, unlike Ecstasy, which generally is laced with other ingredients, such as caffeine or methamphetamine. MDMA (3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a synthetic, psychoactive drug with a chemical structure similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline.
The DEA notes that MDMA can cause confusion, anxiety, depression, paranoia, sleep problems, and drug craving.
The drug also can cause muscle tension, tremors, involuntary teeth clenching, muscle cramps, nausea, faintness, chills, sweating, and blurred vision. “High doses of MDMA can interfere with the ability to regulate body temperature, resulting in a sharp increase in body temperature (hyperthermia), leading to liver, kidney and cardiovascular failure. Severe dehydration can result from the combination of the drug’s effects and the crowded and hot conditions in which the drug is often taken,” the DEA reports.
Last year in the Boston area, three people died and numerous others were hospitalized in Molly related incidents at concerts. Molly is a powerful and very risky drug. When combined with alcohol, high temperatures and exuberant activities (such as dancing), a visit to the emergency room or worse is a good bet.