16 Hospitalized For Overdose At Cow Palace Rave

DALY CITY (CBS/BCN) – At least 16 people were hospitalized, two in critical condition, after attending a music event Friday night at Daly City’s Cow Palace.

According to North County Fire Authority battalion chief, Tony Maffei, all the victims were being treated for drug and alcohol-related overdoses. Emergency responders from as far away as Alameda County were called in to assist with the injuries.

The event, CBS-owned radio station Live 105’s “Subsonic Spookfest,” headlined numerous electronic music artists and was open to partygoers ages 16 and older, according to the Cow Palace events listing.

Daly City police had not released any information by mid-Saturday afternoon. No one answered the phone at Live 105 or the Cow Palace.

This is the second time this year that a music event at the Cow Palace has ended in drug-related illnesses.

Five months ago to the day, nine victims were hospitalized following the “etd.POP 2010” music festival on May 29. Two of those patients eventually died as a result of their injuries.

Police suspected those illnesses were caused by overdoses of the drug MDMA, more commonly known as Ecstasy.

That incident sparked debate among county officials and police as to whether or not institute a ban on raves at the Cow Palace.

Saturday, State Sen. Leland Yee blasted what he called a lack of law enforcement and emergency personnel at the Cow Palace.

Yee said the venue, which is owned by the state Department of Food and Agriculture, failed to provide an adequate level of security at events.

A call to a spokesman for the agriculture department was not returned.

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  • Bloodhounds

    I’m so glad I didn’t have kids.

  • Ted neward

    I and the rest of the world are also glad you didn’t have kids. Some should be banned from procreating, further investing the world!

  • MikeRotch

    The irony of Ted and Bloodhounds is that they believe that others shouldn’t procreate, but are alive and well.

    Maybe if they self sacrifice and put their idea of eugenics to work on themselves the world would be a better place.

    After all, the world needs LOVE not pessimism and f e a r

  • arch stanton

    The irony of Mike Roach’s comment is that the comment by Ted leaves him (Mike) 100% free to procreate and does not threaten his ability to do so in any way. Bloodhounds’ comment was more authoritarian and not compatible with our democratic/republican form of government (although his ability to say it is however but that was never challenged).

    Sad about the folks at the show though.

    What’s so funny ‘bout peace, love and understanding?

  • arch stanton

    Sorry ’bout misspelling your name Mike.


    what fun is this ! going to a party an ending up in a hospital ! grow up!! just say NO!!

  • NRA Life Member

    This never happens at gun shows.

  • E

    I feel extremely sorry for the families affected by the loss, but I feel no grief for the victims themselves. What kind of selfish person would do this to their families just to feel high? They disgust me. boo hoo.

  • Patti

    Why is fire taking all the credit for treating the people? Why isn’t ROCKMED mentioned. They treated many more than the fire department. Give ROCKMED and the volunteers credit for being the fiirstline medical at many concerts, so people can get medical attention they need quickly, professionally, and free.

  • charles116

    Hey kids
    It’s party till you puke,
    not party till you die.

  • Triannex

    16 out of 15,000 people ? I’d like to see the statistics of people getting into car crashes that night because it rained. From what I hear the illnesses are problems with the Ecstasy itself…being mixed with other hazardous drugs like meth. I hope they all recover and teach others about the dangers of drugs from unknown sources. It’s funny no one mentions the stabbing and shootings at Hip Hop clubs…raves are probably the safest place your kids could be. Also bring back Love Parade.

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