The story no one wants to publish: TESTING YOUR DRUGS.

This article talks about the use of test kits to test drugs such as MDMA, LSD, and more.

Music and mind altering substances have gone hand in hand for a long time. Think back to the days of Woodstock, many can quote the notable words that pierced the loud speakers from the festival operators telling people not to take the brown acid (listen here). The drugs have only gotten stronger since the days of Woodstock but the risk of getting fake acid (also known as RC’s which is short for Research Chemicals) is coming back in full force. Now more than ever we have also seen a surplus of fake molly or MDMA (ecstasy) as we see a rise in this club drug. This brings me to my main point, TEST YOUR DRUGS! 

When you first read this, you may be thinking: What? Test my drugs? What does that even mean? 

As a teenager of the 21st century,  I have seen not only that the war on drugs failing but are doing more harm, than good. Back to what I said about testing drugs, a few years ago, I found out about a couple companies that are helping this epidemic. One called Dance Safe and the other named Bunk Police, these two companies have a similar message: if you take drugs know what you are taking so you can make an informed decision.  

you may be asking yourself how do you test drugs? What am I going to do send my drugs to a lab to be tested? 

Examples oh how these can look in pill form: 36577.jpg

Source: ecstasydata.org

here’s how it works:

Now, these tests are in fact sold, and you can purchase these and bring them with you to festivals to test substances before buying and/or using substances. Bunk Police has a wide variety of test kits for different substances and testing substances available via their site. (http://bunkpolice.com/)

Now you may ask why these sorts of companies aren’t more prevalent, and why haven’t I seen this or heard of it before? 

The reason?  Anti-Drug laws: Companies like Dance Safe want to have booths at every festival offering anonymous free drug testing, but the festivals receive a lot of backlash when they partner with such companies, the backlash being that this is encouraging drug use and law enforcement doesn’t like this. 

In 2014 an anonymous organization teamed up with these testing companies and traveled the United States and visited multiple festivals with the intentions of filming a documentary and exposing more people to “Test Kits” the movie is called “What’s in my Baggie”  (if you like to watch that I will have a link provided) and these kids went around and talked about different stories or friends hurt by fake drugs and what you can do to protect yourself. 

As one who goes to many music festivals and shows, I have seen the effect on many people first hand. I support the movement to test drugs rather than just ban them, I’ve seen the stuff that comes into festivals; the drugs are already illegal so how are they so prevalent? We obviously can’t stop them so we must at least try and protect ourselves and be smart about drug use. 

 

What’s in my Baggie? [documentary] : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYzmZ1IU4zY

Learn more about drug testing:

DanceSafe-stickers           Dancesafe.org

imgres.jpgBunkpolice.com

5 Southeast Festivals you can’t miss this year!

Alaser-light-461515_1280.jpgs the winter draws near, and you find yourself cuddling up on your couch thinking about those warm summer days, daydreaming about those warm sun rays, with the hopes of dancing your heart out to your favorite band. Have you seen the festival lineup for 2017? Can’t decide which ones to pass up on and which tickets you should buy now? I’m here to help you decide! So grab you sunscreen and pack up your tent sit back and relax, because I am taking you through the top 5 must see festivals this year, because nothing beats those festie feels.

5.BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017

Headliners: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer’s, Flume, & many more…

Bonnaroo is located in Manchester, TN and offers a lot more than just music they have all activities from yoga to carnival rides to a comedy tent…and oh yeah, THE MUSIC!!! Bonnaroo offers four full stages and a silent disco as well as a late night stage for those long nights/early mornings.

roo2017-587610be024b9WHERE:MANCHESTER, TN
WHEN:JUNE 8-JUNE 11, 2017
CAMPING: YES
WEBSITE: OFFICIAL WEBSITE

4. SHAKY BEATS FESTIVAL 2017

Headliners: The Chainsmokers, Kaskade, Griz, Flosstradamus, Zeds Dead, & many more…

Shaky Beats is located in the heart of Atlanta in Centennial Olympic park whether you are get a hotel in the city or get a Air Bnb somewhere OTP you will have a blast being able to look up and see the Atlanta skyline, while listening to some of today’s hottest EDM acts!

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WHERE:ATLANTA, GA
WHEN:MAY 5-MAY 7, 2017
CAMPING: NO
WEBSITE: OFFICIAL WEBSITE

3.IMAGINE FESTIVAL 2017

Although this year’s lineup has not been announced pass headliners have included: Adventure Club, Benny Bensaai, Borgore, Dillon Francis, The Disco Biscuits,Excision, Gramatik, and Nero.

Imagine Festival lineup has yet to come out this year , but  if it is anything like last year it will be nothing short of amazing, after a venue change most festivals would have a hard time keeping up but the Imagine team pulled it off. Imagine Festival returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway, September 22, 23 & 24, 2017, so mark your calendar and get ready for a once in a lifetime festival.

imagine.pngWHERE:ATLANTA, GA
WHEN:SEPTEMBER 22-SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
CAMPING: NO
WEBSITE: OFFICIAL WEBSITE

2.EUPHORIA FESTIVAL 2017

Headliners: Alesso, Chromeo, Pretty Lights Live, Wiz Khalifa, Young Thug, Zeds Dead, The Disco Biscuits, and many more…

Austin Texas known for its weird vibes and great music scene Euphoria has a lot to uphold, and since its start in 2012 it has been doing just that! The 55 acre venue, Carson Creek Ranch, sits on the bank of the Colorado River and is approximately five minutes from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport by car. which is great news if you are flying in for the fest!

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WHERE:AUSTIN, TX
WHEN:APRIL 6-APRIL 9, 2017
CAMPING: YES
WEBSITE: OFFICIAL WEBSITE

1. OKEECHOBEE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017

Headliners: Kings of Leon, Usher & the Roots, Bassnectar, The Lumineers, FLume, Wiz Khalifa, Pretty Lights, and many more…

At number 1 comes this is Okeechobee’s second year and they came in with one of the best lineups i’ve seen throughout the whole country. This made out top 5 for multiple reasons, according to Okeechobee’s website it’s not just a festival it is an experience with a beachside festival dense woods to camp in and amazing music this our top choice for 2017!

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WHERE:OKEECHOBEE, FL
WHEN:MARCH 2-MARCH 5, 2017
CAMPING: YES
WEBSITE: OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Last year was their first year and went off without a hitch here is what you can expect for this year!