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Many festival goers experiment with prescription pills

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 28, 2019

No matter what kind of music you are in to – Colorado has the music festival for you. From bluegrass to country to EDM and hip hop, there is literally something for everyone.

While the music is certainly the main draw, it goes without saying that there are other draws for many festival and concert goers. It’s the dancing. The lights. Just the whole community that creates an almost like a euphoria for most. That – and for many – the drugs certainly also help create that feel good vibe.

The combination of music and drugs is nothing new. As The Washington Post points out, rock had its ties to acid and disco to cocaine, but today’s music is making its ties to pharmaceuticals, like Xanax and Percocet. More of that sleepy, dreamy feel. The one that takes the edge off and puts the cares and anxieties of the world on the backburner for many.

Colorado police looking to arrest festival and concert goers

Police and local law enforcement know that festivals are heavy on drug use. They know this and they are looking to make arrests. They know people are arriving at festivals with a few pills in their glove box and that others are showing up looking to sell some at the show. With some musical artists even singing about and almost promoting the use of prescription pills, there is nothing about what is going on that is a secret.

For concert and festival goers, while it may be rather well known what is going on, you need to take the threat of arrest very seriously. If an arrest turns into a conviction, you will have a criminal record.

It’s not that you need to get caught with a huge bag of pills or caught selling large quantities either. Even just having a few pills in your back pocket for your own personal use at the show is against the law. If you do not have a prescription for the medication and the medication is in anything other than the prescription bottle with your name on it, you can wind up arrested and charged.

For many people, a drug arrest is also their very first run-in with the law. It may be tempting to just keep what happened to yourself, pay the fine and hope your parents don’t find out. But this is admitting guilt and not always advisable. This is creating that criminal record.

Don’t let a one-time arrest turn into a potentially life-long consequence. Facing drug charges is not something anyone should go at alone. You should contact an experienced Boulder drug defense attorney to help you.