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Future Seaside Music Festivals to Receive More Scrutiny After Rash of Overdoses, Arrests

Electric Adventure in Seaside Heights, Aug. 2014. (Photo: nt_official13/ Instagram)

Electric Adventure in Seaside Heights, Aug. 2014. (Photo: nt_official13/ Instagram)

After 34 people overdosed on drugs and 42 were arrested for various offenses at an electronic music festival in Seaside Heights earlier this month, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato says future events will receive more scrutiny and an increased security contingent.

Coronato said Monday that he and his office’s command staff met with John D’Esposito of Max Cruise, the concert’s promoter, in the wake of the troubles surrounding the two-day festival, which took place the weekend of Aug. 2 and 3.

“The meeting provided a productive dialog centering on recommendations by Prosecutor Coronato, lessons learned, county policing resource reimbursement, and possible future partnerships in educating concert goers to the dangers of drugs,” said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the office.

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Future events will be allowed to go on, but the meeting ended in a consensus between all parties that they will require adequate containment, a no reentry policy, and “extensive pre-security planning,” said Della Fave.

The concert promoter also made a commitment to the prosecutor’s office that it would reimburse Ocean County for all costs expended in its police response.

Following the concert, Della Fave said authorities made 42 arrests, 23 of which were for drug possession, and treated 34 people for drug overdoses. None of the overdoses were fatal.

Most of the drug issues, sources have said, were the result of use of the popular club drug Molly, a close relative of MDMA, which is the base of the drug ecstasy. Molly use can result in an increased heart rate and blood pressure, plus hyperthermia and sweating.

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