Boston Councilor wants inquiry into Avicii concert

BOSTON (AP/WPRI) — A city councilor wants a public inquiry into TD Garden’s drug abuse measures after dozens of young concertgoers were hospitalized last month during an electronic dance music show.

Councilor Stephen Murphy submitted an order this week requesting the appropriate council committee discuss measures the arena should put in place to “prevent, monitor or treat drug abuse of concert attendees.”

As many as 36 people were taken to the hospital and 50 were treated on site for what a spokesperson referred to as medical issues during the June 25 concert featuring Swedish disc jockey Avicii. Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse said all of those transported and treated appeared to be between 16 and 25 years old.

The Boston Police cited the TD Garden, which is home to the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins, for allowing intoxicated and underage concertgoers admission. Mayor Martin Walsh promised to meet with Garden officials to review the so-called “Level Two Mass Casualty Incident.”

Late last month at a music festival in Las Vegas where Avicii was performing, two people died and 800 were treated for medical conditions.

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