In 2013, Shelley Goldsmith died of heatstroke after taking MDMA at an electronic dance music concert in Washington D.C. Her mother, Dede, believes her death – and others – could have been prevented if events and venues had safer settings that include accurate, non-judgmental drug information and other harm reduction services. Events and venues are currently deterred from doing so because of fear of prosecution under the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act (a.k.a. RAVE Act), which was championed by Joe Biden more than ten years ago.
The Drug Policy Alliance’s #SaferPartying campaign is proud to join Dede as well as drug education and harm reduction organization DanceSafe and other allies in calling on Vice President Biden to address this important issue.
It’s time to take a harm reduction approach to drug use at festivals, concerts and clubs. Tell Vice President Biden to fix the RAVE Act and save lives!