Tampa police are investigating the death of two concertgoers who attended the Sunset Music Festival in Florida. Drug overdoses are believed to be the cause.
Sunset Music Festival Deaths
A Medical Examiner from Hillsborough County explained that.
Alex Haynes, 22.
Katie Bermudez, 21.
Are likely to have passed away from an unknown drug overdose. Both victims arrived at the hospital seizing, and at least one had an extremely high temperature along with brain swelling.
Katie Bermudez had just turned 21 the week prior and her mother had expressed that she didn’t even think her daughter was a heavy drug user.
Katie’s mom suspected her daughter’s drink may have been spiked. Alex Haynes leaves behind his partner Cori Henderson and his young son.
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What adds more concern to this already devastating event is that St. Joseph’s Hospital said that there were multiple people being admitted to the ER for drug overdoses while the concert was happening.
An estimated 57 people from the Sunset Music Festival were transported to the hospital by Tampa Fire Rescue. One local doctor states that mixing various kinds of drugs like Molly or MDMA (which can be commonly found around music festivals) along with the hot Florida temperatures can be a deadly mix.
Sunset Music Festival released a statement to WFLA:
“The health, safety and welfare of our fans and community is Sunset Music Festival’s first priority and we take every measure to create a safe environment at our events.
Furthermore, any loss of life is a tragedy we extend our deepest heartfelt condolences to the all of those affected. Due to the ongoing investigation by the medical examiner’s office, Sunset will not issue additional comments at this time.”
Also a spokesperson for the Tampa Sports Authority, which manages Raymond James Stadium, added:
“We have received this information as you have through the Tampa Police Department’s release. Extend our condolences to these families for their loss. We will continue to work with the promoters of the Sunset Music Festival and local life safety agencies to provide the safest environment possible for their attendees.”
Prevent Drug Overdose Deaths
Concerts can be a fun time, but when drugs, alcohol, high temperatures. Then when you add dehydration to the mix, they can be deadly. Hence, the best way to prevent a drug overdose death is to simply not use drugs.
In conclusion, concert-goers get caught up in the excitement and forget that they are risking their lives by ingesting unknown drugs.
Maybe you know someone is using drugs, please talk to them about the dangers of overdoses. And let them know help is available if they need it.
Drug Abuse Helpline: 1-800-861-1768.Tags: drug overdose death, effects of molly, MDMA