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Troubling trend at electronic music concerts

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Wednesday night's incident at the TD Garden was not the first time this kind of medical crisis has happened at an Avicci or other electronic music concert.

Just last month, more than two dozen people at his show in Toronto had to be hospitalized. 29 people needed medical attention after attending the concert. Emergency crews said most of those cases involved excessive alcohol consumption. 11 were taken to the hospital before Avicci even took the stage.

Last year in New York, two deadly drug overdoses forced the cancellation of the finale at the Electric Zoo Music Festival. Avicci was one of the performers at the festival. Police say the two people died after taking "Molly", a powerful form of ecstasy.

"Molly is known to be a popular drug at electronic dance music shows. Last August, a woman died of an apparent overdose while attending a Zed concert at the House of Blues in Boston.

"I know a lot of the concerts I have been to for Avicci, they do a lot of drugs," said Janaya Randall, who attended Wendesday night's concert. "At the same time, people go overboard. I think this was a day when everyone went overboard."


After last year's overdoses, concert promoters across the country vowed to increase security and screenings to try and reduce drugs at the shows.
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