"You have everything short of a CAT scan here to make sure everybody is going to be safe," spokesman
The 5-year-old festival features such electronic-world names as artists
Summer weather can make MDMA use especially dangerous, as the drug can make a user's body generate a lot of heat and cause the body's salt content to drop dangerously low, said Dr.
"Providing cooling stations and advice and observations for signs of hyperthermia are very important," he said.
That's the thinking behind the new cooling tunnel, a tent where fans can cool down, and the roughly 75 "ZooKeepers" — young adults, most with medical training, who will be paid to wander the crowd, look for anyone in distress and offer electrolytes and water.
A bigger security staff, including plainclothes police officers trained in drug investigations, also will be keeping watch.
Organizers don't think the new measures will deter patrons. Ticket sales are strong, Friedman said.
Still, to festival-goer
"I think it's a little unfair for everyone because not everyone uses drugs," he said. "But, still, l'm excited about it."
Others are fine with the added vigilance.
"We're all looking out for everybody,"
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