Just how many more overdose-related deaths should we expect at major music festivals this year?
Seven young people have passed away from drug overdoses at Vietnam’s Trip to the Moon music festival in Hanoi.
Within hours of the event’s opening, the young festivalgoers in their 20s passed away. Another five attendees – aged 18 to 30 – remain in a coma. 700 sought medical help at Trip to the Moon, and 13 more went to Nepean Hospital seeking treatment.
Officials claimed the victims – all Vietnamese – had tested positive for drugs. The news prompted officials to ban all EDM festivals in the Vietnamese capital.
Speaking with reporters, Nguyen Van Vien, Hanoi Policy Deputy Director, said an investigation into the festival has begun.
But, what happened at Lost Lands?
Two male festivalgoers abruptly passed away at Ohio’s Lost Lands music festival – Ger Vang, a 24-year-old North Carolina native, and Mario Symborski, a 32-year-old attendee from Michigan.
Confirming the deaths on Facebook, organizers expressed their condolences.
Purported Lost Land attendees claimed on that the victims had taken tainted drugs distributed at the festival.
Authorities, unfortunately, still haven’t confirmed what had happened to the male festivalgoers. The coroner’s office in Thornville confirmed the official causes of death are pending toxicology results.
However, authorities confirmed they’ve arrested 4 festivalgoers for trafficking drugs at Lost Lands.