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Mother Petitions Congress To Require Free Water At EDM Festivals After Daughter's Death

A Virginia mom is working to Amend the R.A.V.E. (Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy) Act after the death of her daughter. Shelley Goldsmith was a student at the University of Virginia before she died of a heat stroke at a dance party after taking MDMA in 2013. Her mother, Dede Goldsmith, began her campaign, Amend the Rave Act, on the first anniversary of her daughter’s death in August 2014. Inspired to turn the tragic loss of her daughter into a positive legacy, Goldsmith seeks to create safer environments for concert-goers at EDM festivals and rave parties and to educate young people about the dangers of ecstasy.

Her petition to amend the Rave Act seeks changes to the language of the 2003 legislation in order to ensure proper safety measures are in place, such as the presence of medical personnel at concerts, and by providing audience members with free water and cool down spaces. The current legislation has left many music venues reluctant to enact such safety precautions for fear of legal ramifications.


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