June 10, 2002
Although your reporter was right that Ecstasy is a problem in this state, I was upset about the lack of
research on the rave scene. ... Here are my gripes:
For an article like this to stand up for itself and be truthful, the reporter should
have talked to more “ravers.” There’s more to our scene than drug use. We stand together for the love of
music, just as the punk scene or hip-hop. There’s just as much drug use in a rock concert or in
high-school hallways as there is at a techno event. Just because the drug is there, does not mean that
everyone at the event is participating. Knowledge is power and if parents are worried about their
children doing drugs, talk to them openly and honestly. Most ravers will be truthful with their parents.
Discussion alone on this topic is an influential part in helping us control the drug problem as well.
The reference to “secret parties” is wrong. Most promoters obtain permits from the city
and county. Therefore, months before these events are held, it is cleared with zoning and the fire
marshal. The police are notified about the event and often asked to show up to ensure safety for all the
participants. EMTs standby just in case anything goes wrong. Insurance policies are obtained by the
promoter in case anyone gets hurt. ... The fact that these events do go all night adds an element of
safety that is not found at clubs or bars. Those that drink or do drugs are not forced out on the streets
at 2 a.m. – eliminating an element of danger when driving while impaired.
Screening for Ecstasy: There is an element to the rave scene that is also not mentioned
in the article – DanceSafe, a national not-for-profit organization that is present at most parties to
promote drug safety and prevention. Last year the National Conference for DanceSafe was held in Albuquerque
with delegates from every state present for the event. The rave scene is not evil or bad, but it is not
perfect. We are working with local law enforcement to make these events as safe as possible for everyone.
We do not condone drug use and are working toward educating drug users to hopefully make the right
decisions while attending these events.
Stacey (DJ Blue) Luebbert