Drug Prevention Experts at Narconon International Reveal New Insights into the Rave Culture and the Drug that Drives it.
As discussion goes forward on whether or not raves should be prevented from using public venues in California (AB 74, the “Anti Raves Act of 2011),” Narconon® Drug prevention expert, Bobby Wiggins, offers insight into the relationship between the techno music of raves and the drug ecstasy which has been associated with it.
By consulting social media, blogs online videos, pictures and comments posted by ravers, those who attend the techno music events, you can find out all you need to know about the role that the drug ecstasy (or E or X) plays in their world. “These viral data sources cover the here and now; and consequently are a true barometer of the rave scene as it happens,” Wiggins says.
What do they tell us? First, they affirm that ravers know “ecstasy” is illegal. They know that it is an illegal drug action can be taken against anyone who sells, possesses, makes or uses it in violation of the law.
They also show that without the breakout of fights, police are reluctant to intervene. As an example, British police who were sent to close down a rave held in London in an abandoned postal building involving thousands of ravers and as many as 200 DJs in the heart of the city claimed they “held back because they did not want to cause trouble.” One officer said: “We’re hoping people will get tired and go home. . . . It was ‘more trouble than it’s worth’ to cause a confrontation between police and party goers.” It explains why California law enforcement officers are reluctant to arrest lawbreakers at raves.
Likewise we find that ravers feel justified in protesting law enforcement intervention, because “no one is hurting anyone.” But attempts to legalize the drug are not in the offing due to freak overdoses and deaths which increase in direct ratio with the drug’s popularity – deaths that are perhaps even more likely to occur to a first-time user as someone who has “rolled” (gotten high on ecstasy) a hundred times.
Discussion boards show that ravers see themselves as loyal subjects of their culture. Their loyalty is to “the massive tribal family that celebrates with me.” The music is the relevant topic, but what transpires at raves is, in a word, childish. This is odd, since promoters seeking to stay in business have resorted to requiring attendees are 18+ years, hoping to absolve them from responsibility for deaths that can occur.
Then, of course, there is considerable evidence backing up that ecstasy, itself addictive, can and often does lead to use of stronger and even more self-destructive stimulants such as the Amphetamines. But hindsight is too late to help the entrapped addict then.
In response to our analysis, Wiggins says, “No child is born with a personality that makes them need drugs. But unless they feel prepared to make their way in the world, their chances of being happy without drugs are greatly diminished. Narconon has helped tens of thousands of people of all ages to develop missing life skills necessary to drug-free living. Once they are thus self-empowered, the drug dependent can choose to be drug-free and successfully, happily live.”
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