Be a Real Friend, Take Care of One Another
Regardless of what anyone says or the advice anyone gives, people are, and will continue to do drugs and drink heavily at shows. There is nothing that anyone can say that will change that. That is just how it always has been, and always will be. The only thing people can do is try and be smart about their decisions. It’s not necessarily that the drugs are “bad,” sometimes it’s the people surrounding them.
Over the summer I have travelled to multiple shows and festivals, and more than once have I left feeling sick to my stomach. On numerous occasions have I seen people in critical conditions not being properly assisted. There is nothing worse than being front center at Bassnectar and realizing that the riot behind you is not a mosh pit, but a kid having a grand mal seizure. My friend and I watched in horror as blood dripped from his mouth and he lost complete control of his being. Of course people screamed for help, but naturally the music was too loud, and security didn’t come. Everyone just stood and watched, but nobody thought to take matters into their own hands. Where were his friends? Of course I don’t know exactly why he was seizing, but if he was on drugs, why didn’t anyone tell him to take less, or hydrate more? After I realized that nobody was coming, I left immediately and went home that night. His image lingers in my mind to this day, months later.
Recently, a similar situation occurred. While at a show, I was frustrated by the pushing of the crowd. I turned to find a young boy, maybe 16, being held upright by his friends. He was seizing and drooling, his eyes rolling back in his head. I immediately gave them my water and the boy suddenly came alive, “I’m fine,” he said in a slurred mumble. Until seconds later he continued to seize in the arms of his friend. His friend continued to nod his head to the beat while holding the boy in a standing position. The crowd called for help, but again, the music was too loud and the security didn’t come. I got deja-vu and shivers ran up my spine. It was apparent to me that this boy’s friend didn’t want to lose his spot in the crowd in order to go get help. With an able friend at bay, there was no reason that this kid should have been in danger. I began to yell at him telling him to take him out, “he’s not okay, he’s having a seizure he needs medical attention.” He finally listened.
When you see anyone who looks like they might need help, at least ask them if they are okay. If your friend is not okay, get them help as soon as you can. Don’t wait, and don’t be afraid to step up. That person could honestly be you next time. Nobody wants to read a PSA. I just want to remind you to be smart about what you do and who you surround yourself with. Everyone is there for a good time, but a persons’ well being is always more valuable than the price you paid on Ticketmaster.
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