|Written by Staff|
|Monday, 28 June 2010 19:06|
In an interview Monday, Dr. Marc Futernick, medical director of emergency services at California Hospital Medical Center, called it “unconscionable” for a publicly owned facility such as the Coliseum to host raves.
“I don’t know why our elected … leaders would allow these activities to take place,” Futernick said.
“This is basically a government-encouraged … drug fest. That’s the wrong message,” said Dr. Brian Johnston, director of the emergency room at White Memorial Medical Center. “It’s putting people at risk unnecessarily. It’s putting people’s health at risk.”
The Coliseum, built on state land, is run under the authority of a joint city, county and state commission. The Coliseum does not receive any taxpayer subsidy and is financially independent. It is expected to earn well over six figures from the weekend rave, or as much profit as a couple of USC games, said Pat Lynch, its general manager.
Lynch said the ill attendees were handled appropriately, and said the Coliseum and the organizers had been in contact with fire, police and medical agencies to prepare for the event.
“Everything was done in an orderly fashion,” Lynch said. “When you’ve got 185,000 people coming to anything, there’s incidents .… Over the course of two days, stuff happens.”
Lynch noted that police were on hand to arrest people who possessed or were selling narcotics.
“Are we happy that there’s drugs? No. But on the other hand, we take every step we can to minimize it,” said Lynch. “There’s a reason 185,000 people were here. They’re quality events. My kids came and had a ball.”
Over 185,000 came to have a great time at Electric Daisy Carnival, but doctors and public officials call for an end to the highly profitable rave, which sent dozens of people to the ER for ecstasy overdoses.
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