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'Deadheads' Still Follow Music, Magic

July 24, 1987|DAN MORAIN | Times Staff Writer

Eugene police arrested nine for small-scale drug sales, but Lt. Eric Mellgren said the force was not pressing it. Police were surprised by the prevalence of LSD, something rarely seen in Eugene. From what Mellgren saw, however, the "reputation has proven accurate, that Deadheads will engage in some drug use."

Fans Know Limits

At the same time, the band's medical staff reported more problems with heat exposure than with freakouts and overdoses. Several sources said drug problems are far less prevalent at Dead concerts than at other rock shows, perhaps because Dead fans are older and know their limits better.

Wizzard and his friend, Rassberry, 20, took time out from selling their wares to ponder what might happen when the band stops playing.

"The music is just the center of the energy, and when the band is gone there will just be a new channel," Wizzard said. "When it happens, it will just happen and you'll know and the right people will know. . . . Me personally, I'll probably end up in Maui, a beach in Maui."

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