Ecstasy Levels Spike In Rivers Near Major Music Festival

January 14, 2015 11:53 PM

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Levels of the illegal drug ecstasy were found to have spiked in rivers near a major music festival in Taiwan that draws more than a half-million revelers annually. Researchers said they're concerned not only about widespread use of the drug at the festival, but its potential effect on aquatic life.

A report published Wednesday in Environmental Science & Technology found that during the outdoor music fest "Spring Scream," held each April in southern Taiwan -- attended by approximately 600,000 "pop music fans and youth" -- local rivers show a significant rise in illicit drugs, including MDMA (al...

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