Presence of Volunteer Sober Groups Spreading at Music Festivals

Volunteer sober groups are expanding at summer music festivals, The New York Times reports. These groups are expected at more than a dozen festivals this year.

Music festival promoters are trying to fight the perception that their events are drug-fueled. Last year festival organizers increased drug screening after reports of drug-related deaths at festivals in 2013. The deaths were linked to the club drug Molly. Organizers said they will provide medical tents with doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians. They also said they will employ sniffer dogs, pat-downs and other drug screening measures.

Sober groups are expected this summer at festivals including Lollapalooza in Chicago, Outside Lands in San Francisco, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and Nocturnal Wonderland in San Bernardino, California.

Full story of volunteer sober groups at music festivals at drugfree.org

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Will Savage

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