Medical problems related to recreational drug use at nocturnal dance partiesMedical problems related to recreational drug use at nocturnal dance parties
Sassenbroeck, Van, Diederik K.
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
European journal of emergency medicine. - London
10(2003):4, p. 302-308
During I love techno (edition 2001), an indoor rave party attended by 37 000 people, data about medical problems (especially drug-related problems) were collected. To place these data in a wider perspective, a similar registration was done during De Nacht, a traditional New Year's Eve dance party held at the same location and attended by 12 000 people. Furthermore, a prospective study on the time course of the level of consciousness (Glasgow Coma Score) and blood concentrations of illicit drugs, especially gamma-hydroxybutyrate was set up. The results revealed that during I love techno the incidence of medical problems was high (66.5/10 000 attendees), but not higher than during De Nacht (70.0/10 000 attendees). At I love techno, however, mainly illicit drugs were used, more frequently leading to severe drug-related medical problems. The observations in patients with a drug-related medical problem who had taken gamma-hydroxybutyrate showed that for a given level of consciousness the gamma-hydroxybutyrate concentrations may show important differences, that the transition from coma (Glasgow Coma Score ≤7) to full recovery (Glasgow Coma Score 15) takes only 3060 min (and only a small decrease in gamma-hydroxybutyrate concentrations), and that the time it takes before a comatose patient reaches the above-mentioned transition area may be a few hours.