For many people, music festivals are awesome opportunities to listen to awesome music and network with friends, but, as many of you know, these wild and crazy events are infamous for a darker side of “fun”: drug use. Perhaps one of the best examples is the famous (and equally infamous) Woodstock music festival, where thousands of people gathered to share their love of music and a passion for mind-altering substances. However, as with any case involving drugs, tragedy is bound to strike. In fact, a recent incident that took place at an Australian music festival attracted the attention of the New South Wales premier and a variety of news sources. Let’s take a closer look at how an Australian man’s death showcases the dangers of drugs at music festivals.
Dangerous Trends of Overdoses
At a recent celebration at the Beyond the Valley Festival in Lardner, a 20-year old man from Victoria suffered a possible drug overdose and was transported to a hospital, where he later died from the attack. Even more disturbing, another 20-year old man also suffered from a suspected overdose at this very same festival, but (fortunately) he did survive. Why is this such a major issue for the Australian people and what makes it relevant for us in the States? Simply put, these incidences and more reflect a tragic trend in overdose statistics: an issue about pill screening.
Taking Multiple Lives into Account
So, why has nothing been done about these terrible tragedies at music festivals? Simply put, the local government does not want to take part in any activities that could condone drug uses, which includes pill testing (on their account). In recent times, the New South Wales and Victorian governments have continued to oppose propositions to implement pill testing procedures at these festivals.
According to NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian, pill testing would only take a single victim into account and would ignore the majority. What might be dangerous for one visitor might be perfectly fine for another (in reference to legal drugs). In fact, the first phase of a pill-testing trial in Canberra confirmed that half of the experimental pills were not psychoactive.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
Drug addiction and alcoholism are serious mental illnesses that can and will destroy the mind and body. On the same note, addiction will not only drive a massive wedge into your social life but also potentially destroy your private family life, especially if you are already dealing with an underlying behavioral problem or relationship issues as it is.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or alcoholism or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process to help you overcome your attachment to dangerous drugs and alcoholic drinks.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.