Date: Mon, 29 Jan 1996 13:05:45 -400
Subject: Contributing to the Scene
Oh-kee-doh-kee, folks, in my own mind I've been trying to figure out
a way in which I, too, can contribute more to the scene than w/ money
and bitching....although those are much beloved contributions...
In London and other parts of England, there is a little organization
called LSD (I'm not sure what it stands for, but it's very good
indeed) that sets up little tables at raves and ravey-clubs to
distribute information about drugs.
NOT Just Say No-era garbage
about how evil drugs are for you, but objective and thorough
information on how to use drugs w/ a little more knowledge and care.
The project assumes you are going to do drugs, but attempts to make
your choice a little more informed.
A lot of this sort of info is available through Hyperreal and other
archives, but unfortunately not all ravers are dedicated netheads or
What's great about the LSD Project in the UK is that they are
financially sponsored by the government and operated by volunteers
whose experiences with drugs have led them to believe that this sort
of operation would be a very great thing to the scene to prevent the
deaths/dehydrations/self-destruction of ravers, a problem that
plagues rave scenes globally. The LSD project is also supported by
the scene itself, so that volunteers are welcome into events by the
promoters and the patrons.
What the volunteers do is hand out rave-flyer-esque informational
pamphlet thingies on neat stuff like:
-What vitamins and minerals might help prevent brain/body damage
-How to tell real drugs from phonies
-Common misconceptions about drugs (e.g., the strychnine myth)
-Specific drug names and authenticity (i.e., how many mg. of MDMA is
actually present in a vs. amount of
other drugs present in same said roll)
-How drugs work and what they really do to your body....in layman's
terms, of course, since we're not all biochemists...
In other words, what if at a rave there was a bunch of ppl who handed
out info on everything you ever wanted to know about drugs, but you
were too sheepish to ask, no one knew the answer, or you didn't even know
to ask? Would that be cool? Would it benefit the scene? Would it
possibly prevent the death of one raver? Would you support it? Would
you volunteer your time and experience?
This is a project that I've had rolling around in my mind for awhile,
but then again, maybe there's already something like it in existence.
If so, let me know. If not, then it's about time.
Responses and critiques are open to debate. Ideas and suggestions are
very welcome. And volunteers and any other contributing persons are
held in highest esteem. Let me know what you think, ppl.
Thanks for reading this far!