August 19, 2010
'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector' Rating: No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes Playing: American Cinematheque Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood
July 12, 2010 |
Los Angeles is earning a reputation as a hotbed of raves — those dance parties that sometimes last all night and feature pulsing electronic music, light shows and recreational drugs. In addition to drawing tens of thousands of young people to events, the city's raves have attracted the notice of local and federal public health officials because of the number of emergency room visits that result. During a two-day event last month at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with an estimated 185,000 participants, some 120 people were taken to local hospitals, many with symptoms of drug intoxication.
March 25, 2011 |
Hospital emergency rooms don't have the same ambience as raves, but both locations are becoming associated with Ecstasy use. Raves because ... you know. But ERs because using Ecstasy has sent people there. The number of ER visits involving Ecstasy, or MDMA, increased 75%, from 10,220 in 2004 to 17,865 in 2008, according to a new report released Thursday by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Further, almost 70% of the ER visits involved patients 18- to 29-year-olds and 17.9% involved 12- to 17-year-olds.
February 15, 2011 |
As a physician who has researched and written extensively about MDMA, I took a keen interest in the Ecstasy fact card controversy developing in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Department of Public Health is taking quite a bit of heat right now for the card it created to be distributed at large-scale rave dance parties in the city, as reported in a Feb. 8 L.A. Now blog post. The fact card explains the physical effects of Ecstasy, the risks involved in its use and how to reduce these risks, including by choosing not to take the substance at all. These cards were developed and approved by a panel of experts, including physicians, public health experts and harm reductionists.
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October 21, 2013 |
Singer Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony charge of furnishing Ecstasy to a woman while dining at a downtown L.A. restaurant, but prosecutors declined to charge him with raping the woman while she was intoxicated, citing insufficient evidence. The 38-year-old judge on NBC's "The Voice," whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Calloway, appeared before an L.A. County Superior Court judge as his attorney, Blair Berk, entered his plea and waived his right to a speedy trial.
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July 5, 2010 |
The suspected drug overdose death of a 15-year old girl who attended a massive rave in Los Angeles last weekend has drawn attention to the drug her family was told was found in her body: Ecstasy. Officials said use of the hallucinogen and stimulant was widespread among the scores of partygoers taken by ambulance to emergency rooms from the Electric Daisy Carnival, which was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and surrounding Exposition Park, attracting 185,000 people over two days.