Rave New World

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Raves are the entertainment of choice for many 18 to 25-year olds. Accompanying the heavy rhythmic beat of electronic dance music are the sale and use of trendy club drugs like ecstasy and GHB which have gained favor over cocaine and heroin, preferred drugs of an older generation. Federal drug officials see raves as drug havens, and have begun using the so-called "crack house laws" to arrest promoters. We take a look at raves, rave culture, and efforts to deal with drug use at such events, with drug control officers, a civil libertarian, a rave promoter, and a student who attends raves and has used ecstasy. (Marcia Brandwynne, of KTLA and Tribune broadcasting, guest hosts.)
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US Air Force

American Civil Liberties Union

Attorney General of California

Florida Office of Drug Control

Office of National Drug Control




Warren Olney