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Old Oct 30, 01
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Vancouver Sun article on Spooky 6 (borrowed from LX)

Tainted ecstacy believed cause of two ravers' deaths
'Extremely uncommon' incident at Vancouver event brings bad-drug warning to public

Chad Skelton
Vancouver Sun
Tuesday, October 30, 2001

There may be a batch of deadly ecstasy for sale in Vancouver, B.C.'s chief coroner warns.

Terry Smith issued the warning after two people died from apparently taking the illegal drug at a rave early Sunday morning.

While toxicology tests still must be done on the two victims to determine what drugs were in their systems, Smith said the deaths are alarming because ecstasy overdoses in B.C. are rare.

"There have been quite a few documented medical and health problems from the use of ecstasy," Smith said. "But we only have five other documented deaths over the last three years."

There were three ecstasy overdoses in B.C. in 1998 but only one each in 1999 and 2000.

"It's extremely uncommon to have two deaths happen this quickly back to back," Smith said.

He said the two victims appeared to suffer the symptoms of overdose -- including severe breathing difficulty -- relatively quickly after taking the drug, which further suggests the victims may have taken contaminated pills.

Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is a synthetic chemical with stimulant and hallucinogenic properties -- usually giving the user a feeling of euphoria. It was developed in 1912 as an appetite suppressant, but has become popular in recent years as a recreational drug at all-night dance parties.

Ecstasy's biggest health risk is a dramatic increase in the user's heart rate. Those who take too much or have heart conditions can suffer heart failure and die.

The two victims, whose names have not been released, were attending an all-night rave at the Pacific Coliseum dubbed "Spooky 6."

About 4,500 people paid $35 to $80 to attend the event, which ran from 10 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.

The first victim, a 24-year-old woman, was sent to hospital at about 3:30 a.m. while the second, a 17-year-old male, was taken to hospital at about 5 a.m.

Laura Balance, a spokeswoman for the Pacific National Exhibition, said the two victims were conscious and could speak when they were brought into the first aid centre. After an assessment by the head of first aid, the two were taken by ambulance to hospital, where they later died.

The event organizers, Swing Kids Entertainment, had a permit from the city of Vancouver to hold the event.

Fourteen police officers attended at the promoter's expense, along with 95 security guards and eight trained first-aid staff.

Balance said security at the event was tight. "They did a full-body search -- a very extensive patdown -- on every single person that entered the venue."

Noting this was the fifth rave-type event held at the Pacific Coliseum, she said the most serious medical problem in the past has been dehydration resulting from people dancing too long.

"It's a very, very unfortunate thing that's happened. It's been quite a shock," she said.

Several calls to the head of Swing Kids, Salim Lakhani, were not returned Monday.

While Swing Kids had a permit to operate Saturday night's rave, the company has been in hot water before. In May 1999, it failed to get a permit for an all-night rave at the Plaza of Nations. At the time, police said organizers had left their application to the last minute and did not have proper security in place.

For the past two years, Vancouver has issued permits for all-night raves, becoming one of the few cities in Western Canada that regulates such events.

Many cities have no formal process for regulating raves while others, such as New Westminster and Surrey, have banned them.

Under the city's application process, which takes about six weeks, rave organizers must provide the city with detailed fire safety, security and first-aid plans and pay fees ranging from $200 for an event with fewer than 350 people to $800 for events with more than 2,000.

Event organizers also have to pay for policing of their event and for a fire marshal to be on site. Alcohol is banned.

"In my opinion, it's worked fairly well up to this point," said Paul Teichroeb, chief licence inspector for the city. "The main thrust of the process was to try to deal with the illegal venues operating and try to minimize the risks."

The Vancouver police department says it will review its support for legal raves as a result of the weekend deaths.

"This thing fell within all the legal hurdles," said police spokesman Detective Scott Driemel. " whenever there's an incident at any public function, we have to review it."

Police say very little of the ecstasy sold in Vancouver is the real thing.

Corporal Scott Rintoul of the RCMP's drug awareness section, said his department randomly tested 300 doses of ecstasy seized in Greater Vancouver over this past summer and found only 25 per cent of the pills were pure ecstasy.

Another 22 per cent were a combination of ecstasy and some other drug ( PCP or cough suppressant among others) while most of the pills being sold as ecstasy -- 53 per cent -- contained no ecstasy at all.

Rintoul said 10 per cent of the pills tested were pure ketamine -- a veterinary anesthetic used in animal surgery.

Mark Paul Krakus, a 19-year-old DJ, said he attended the Spooky 6 rave for free because his twin brother was working there as a DJ.

Krakus said most regular ravers avoid events like Spooky -- known as "massives" -- because they attract people who are not regulars on the scene.

"The people that pay to go to that -- they're chumps," Krakus said. "It's really overpriced."

Krakus said he doesn't use drugs himself, but he believes illegal raves are safer because participants usually know who they're buying drugs from.

But "at that kind of event, a lot of people will buy off people they don't know -- and that's not good," he said.

Ken Tupper, a grad student at Simon Fraser University's education faculty, used to volunteer with a group called DanceSafe, which offered testing of party drugs at all-night raves.

He said in an interview Monday the group stopped offering the service because of pressure from Vancouver police. The group then fell apart, he said.

DanceSafe, affiliated with a U.S.-based organization of the same name, offered basic tests to determine if a pill contained MDMA, the key ingredient in ecstasy, said Tupper. While the test could tell if a pill contained the drug, he said, it did not show if the pill also contained other substances.

Now Tupper and two other volunteers are trying to resume the service with a new group called mindbodylove. Tupper said the group met last month with Vancouver Mayor Philip Owen and the city's drug policy coordinator, Donald MacPherson. He said both offered positive words.

He said the group wants to offer an outreach program that would test pills, as well as an education program for parents and teachers. The group could buy a sophisticated drug-testing tool for $15,000 that it could take to raves, he said.

He said opposition to such programs is short-sighted, comparing it to opposition to putting condom machines in schools. "It's like before the AIDS crisis, condoms in school bathrooms were a problem. After people started dying, they weren't a problem."

There have been some signs that the rave scene in B.C. has begun to fizzle.

Summer Love, held last August near Abbotsford, drew only 6,000 people -- far below the 10,000 organizers needed to break even.

But use of ecstasy has continued to grow, Rintoul said, with ecstasy increasingly showing up at night clubs and house parties.

"The rave scene is dying," he said. "But the drugs aren't."

© Copyright 2001 Vancouver Sun
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here we go again...

i smell trouble
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Old Oct 30, 01
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"The rave scene is dying"

BAHAHAHAHA!

I love, no, wait, I dispise reading these stupid articles written by uneducated fucks! Sure, they're educated at university or whatever, but when it comes to parties they've got nothing.
*sigh*

Things will never change.
I'm glad things are going back underground...illegal parties are way better anyways =)
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Old Oct 30, 01
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Hahaha... go mark!!!



hear that, all you people who bought spoooky tickets??


YOU'RE ALL CHUMPS!!!!!!!



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Ha ha, Mark is luckey he went to nitemare the day before.

and didn't pay for spooky
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haha

i just saw the BCTV report thingy 10 minutes ago.....it was quite the funny, people waving glowsticks everywhere....haha

not to mention that the fottage they used was so very old, they had a plaza partie and never never land....dun know which one..

laalaa im sick lalala
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Quote:
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It's a downward spiral. Soon it will end and you will all become grownups.
Right...
grownup....
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It's a downward spiral. Soon it will end and you will all become grownups.
Not unless a bunch of them die before that happens.

*oops!*

I just had a deja-vu moment.
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compared to what the province and sun has written in the past 4 years, this article is extremely well handeled and thought out.

i even emailed the author and gave him props for being incredibly nonbiast on a subject that's easy to report wrong out of ignorance.

all in all i think it was an incredibly good job.

r.
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I personally don't think there is a "good" article that can be written about the rave scene.... unless it's about how the water companies have prospered lol...

This article wasn't -that- bad you have to admit {the bit about the rave scene dieing} it wasn't overly biased... and at least they didn't bitch about how raves cause the deaths... not the drugs...
*sigh*

Oh and i just watched the first 5 minutes of Dateline... the special X story *sighs again* They were tracking down some guy who gave the recipe for E on the internet.

If your going to do drugs... and your not going to be responsible, you deserve to die.
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This sight is so boring I'm going to bring up old threads.
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Old May 25, 10
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I got really high at that party.

And lived to tell the tale!
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Old Jun 02, 10
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^Haha... Hey, does anyone remember how Dave London was at that party? Also, anyone remember how Debbie D was? I never went to this party.
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Old Jun 02, 10
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anyone remember a riverside party some time between 2006~2008? i saw vpd's with dogs and a tv broadcaster were interviewing handcuffed drug dealers by the smoke pit. anyone got the video?
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Old Sep 14, 10
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That was one sweet party.
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Old Dec 15, 10
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i got super fucked up and had a blast at that party, then i destroyed my life with drugs and alcohol. haha
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I remember this party. I worked with someone who knew the kid who died. Apparently he did like 4-6 pills at once.

Why doesn't the headline ever read "Another Moron Dead"?
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