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E.R. Doctors Call For an End to Youth Culture

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And the Los Angeles Times reports on it. Young people, it seems, are going to these music events called “raves” and taking drugs. At the Electric Daisy Carnival, held this past weekend at the Coliseum, 120 of the 185,000 attendees were taken by paramedics to the hospital, many (but not all) for drug intoxication. And E.R. doctors are shocked that this sort of tomfoolery could take place at a government-run facility, according to the LAT:

In an interview Monday, Dr. Marc Futernick, medical director of emergency services at California Hospital Medical Center, called it “unconscionable” for a publicly owned facility such as the Coliseum to host raves.

“I don’t know why our elected … leaders would allow these activities to take place,” Futernick said.

“This is basically a government-encouraged … drug fest. That’s the wrong message,” said Dr. Brian Johnston, director of the emergency room at White Memorial Medical Center. “It’s putting people at risk unnecessarily. It’s putting people’s health at risk.”

He went on to add, “Kids should restrict their drug use to private house parties, abandoned warehouses, or any underground event where no police or emergency medical staff are standing by.” Wait, we made that last part up.

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