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You’re probably familiar with EDM, even if you don’t know what it stands for (Electronic Dance Music, by the way). Its a genre whose instantly recognizable throbbing bass sounds and synthesizer leads have even taken the pop music world by storm. However, in the underbelly of EDM culture lies an intense drug scene that rivals the rave scene that had its heyday from the late ’80s to the mid ’90s.

While the rave scene centered around “club drugs” like ecstasy and ketamine, EDM shows and festivals have become famous for a purer, more intense form of ecstasy known as MDMA or “Molly”.

How Prevalent is MDMA at EDM Shows and Festivals?

We certainly don’t want to suggest that all people who listen to this popular genre; however, at shows and festivals focused on EDM and dubstep music, MDMA and similar drugs are nearly as common as marijuana and alcohol.

Unfortunately, many artists either tacitly or vocally support the use of these drugs; after all, it’s not them who will have to deal with the potentially serious or fatal consequences of hard drug use at their shows.

Many festivals have stepped up their security efforts to prevent MDMA and other drugs from getting into their grounds, however, it’s difficult because these drugs are very potent and only a small amount is necessary for intoxication.

Dangers of MDMA

According to figures from the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s website, MDMA can cause the following medical problems and disorders:

  • Heart Palpitations
  • Intense Nausea
  • Uncontrollable Jaw Movement or Teeth Grinding
  • Dehydration
  • Kidney Failure
  • Brain Damage

Overall, it probably doesn’t sound like much of a party, does it? While it’s understandable that young party and concert-goers want to fit in with the crowd and are afraid of “missing out on” certain experiences, there are some experiences better left alone.

Warning Signs

The following are all signs of MDMA and club drug use, and might be signs that a person’s body seriously needs to detox from these intense and unhealthy chemicals:

  • “Over-active jaw” and teeth grinding
  • Dissociated and fragmented thoughts and speech
  • People often become overly affectionate or touchy
  • Impaired judgment and an upswing in “risk-seeking” behaviors

Seeking Help

If you or someone you love has developed a problem with MDMA, club drugs, or other substances as a by-product of an interest in EDM culture, there is help available. There are most likely a number of detox and rehabilitation facilities and similar programs near you.

Conversely, if you are an EDM fan who has managed to avoid the temptations of these drugs: keep going! It’s important to set a good example to the younger generation that a love for a music genre doesn’t have to mean drug abuse.

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