- Associated Press - Saturday, August 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Drug-related deaths linked to music festivals have prompted some Los Angeles emergency room doctors to oppose a planned Halloween event at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds.

County supervisors are permitting a two-day electronic music festival event that could draw 80,000 people.

Some doctors tell the Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1PYA2Wq ) that such festivities swamp emergency rooms with young people who’ve overdosed.

Two college students died of suspected overdoses after attending a summer festival at the fairgrounds on Aug. 1. There have been nine drug-related deaths among Southern California concertgoers since 2006.

The doctors say there shouldn’t be huge music festivals on county-owned land.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fair Association says it will work with the promoter of the Halloween event to ensure the safety of the guests.

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