Strict drug safety measures at Mad Decent Block Party event in B

Strict drug safety measures at Mad Decent Block Party event in Brooklyn

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After a series of drug-related deaths at electronic dance music concerts across the country and in Canada, an unusual set of safety measures has been put in place for a similar outdoor show in Coney Island.

The precautions for the show, the Mad Decent Block Party at MCU Park, the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, were announced the week before the concert in both in an email from Ticketmaster and on the website of the show's promoter, Bowery Presents.

They included a list of prohibited items, including masks, massagers, laser pointers, pacifiers, eyedroppers, drinking glasses, cans, cups, coolers, markers, pens, spray paint, stickers, fliers, dolls, stuffed animals, open packs of cigarettes and unsealed tampons.

Concertgoers were also informed that there would be a strong law enforcement presence at the show ("uniformed and undercover, both inside and outside the venue") and were further advised that drug-sniffing dogs would be employed as part of the pre-entry screening process, which, it was noted, would be "extremely thorough."

The enhanced security arrangements came after two people died and almost 20 more were hospitalized either during or after a Mad Decent Block Party show on Aug. 1 in Columbia, Md.

Officials at MCU Park and the city's health department said they had nothing to do with the decision. The stadium sits on city parkland and a spokesman for the parks department said that the show's promoter had arranged for the increased measures.

The organizers of the concert promised in their advisory to fans to make free water available during the show, which is to start at 3 p.m. Temperatures were in the 80s on Saturday and dehydration is a common side effect of Ecstasy use.

Ticket holders will also have to watch a 2 minute video about the dangers of ecstasy before being admitted.

Electric Zoo comes to Randall's Island in NYC August 29th through the 31st.

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