2014 music festival deaths prompt national safety recommendations

Calgary Herald

With music festivals and large gatherings like the Stampede on the horizon this summer in Calgary and the rest of Canada, a report on Thursday by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse puts forth new recommendations to prevent alcohol and drug-related harm during these events.

The report comes in response to five deaths and many other illnesses at music festivals across the country in 2014, which were attributed to drugs and alcohol. At least six people were treated last year for overdoses at Calgary’s Chasing Summer festival, the largest electronic dance music (or EDM) festival in Western Canada.

“People go to these events to enjoy themselves and for some people, they use alcohol or drugs to enjoy themselves,” said Dr. Matthew Young, a senior research and policy analyst with the centre and one of report’s authors. “There are some people who may make unwise decisions, may get into situations that they don’t…

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2014 music festival deaths prompt national safety recommendations

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