Ultra Music Festival 2013: Two Dozen People Hospitalized
Ever wonder how much of it is true? We did, so we decided to find out. After three weeks of repeatedly requesting public records, here's what we discovered.
- Ultra Music Festival: Police Say Anthony Cassano, 20, Likely Died of Drug Overdose
After breaking the news that 20-year-old Anthony Cassano likely died of a drug overdose at Ultra, we wondered how many more had gotten sick or injured at the festival.
We contacted the City of Miami's Department of Fire Rescue at the end of March to request reports on everyone attended to by paramedics at Ultra.
Instead, nearly two weeks later, all we got was this:
- Over the course of Ultra's two weekends, City of Miami paramedics responded to 44 calls at Bayfront Park
- In 24 of those cases, someone was taken to the hospital.
|No word on whether this guy was hospitalized or not.|
An Ultra spokesman did not respond to our request for comment for this article.
Police arrested 167 people at Ultra this year, primarily for narcotics and gatecrashing. (Last year, there were 78 arrests during the three-day event, 45 of them for narcotics. More than 60 people were injured last year, many from suspected drug overdoses, but no one died.)
City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff has criticized the festival for the prevalence of narcotics, even calling for Ultra to drop its second weekend.
A 2012 University of Miami study, meanwhile, found that three previously healthy men in their 20s suffered brain hemorrhages from taking MDMA, or "Molly," last year.
The debate over drug abuse at Ultra isn't going to be settled any time soon. But more public records sure would help.
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