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State Officials Say Parents Need To Be Better Informed About Raves

Do you know what your teenager is doing when you're not around? Members of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics say many parents willingly let their children attend all-night dance parties called raves. They say what parents don't realize is just how dangerous these raves can be. So on Tuesday the Bureau started spreading the word at a seminar about raves. Law enforcement officials say there's often quite a bit of heavy drug use at these parties. In some cases promoters encourage kids to used the drugs like methamphetamines, marijuana and the most popular rave drug, ecstasy. Officials say some promoters look the other way while teens use illegal drugs then take advantage of the effects the drugs have on the kids to make money.

"Part of the side effects of ecstasy is dehydration because it caused the body temperature to increase," Bruce Lynd of the Bureau of Narcotics said. "The promoters at some of these clubs are selling bottled water at an inflated price and making a large profit."

Parents and concerned citizens learned that ecstasy is the drug of choice at raves, surpassing marijuana and alcohol in it's popularity with young people. It heightens senses like touch, sight and smell. Teens use items like vapor rub and glow sticks and give each other massages to stimulate those senses.

"Some of these things on a larger scale can draw as many as thirty to forty thousand kids at a time from all over," said Lynd. "Not just here but they'll be coming from other parts as well."

The Bureau says there are several bills in the state legislature that will help them take criminal or civil action against rave promoters who allow illegal drug use, but they need help from parents. They say a big problems law enforcement officials face is that parents are often oblivious to what goes on at these parties. Some community members say it's time for parents to start asking questions about what their children are doing.

"Come home in the evening and be concerned," was Joyce Nelson's advice for parents. "Want to know did you have a bad day and why you had a bad day. If that's not being communicated then you're out of touch with that child."

Law enforcement officials say parents can't allow other people to teach their kids about drugs.

"Ecstasy can cause severe brain damage," said Lynd. "We have some adults out there that's teaching kids that ecstasy in its purest form isn't harmful and that's not true."

Officials say drug dealers are educating kids about the wrong kinds of things like hiding drugs. Some kids are putting ecstasy in candy or gum paper then resealing the wrapper so it won't be detected by police.

There is still a lot more information out there about raves to learn more just contact the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics at 762-4594.

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