Mystery substance kills seven, leaves five comatose following Vietnam’s Trip to the Moon festival
City officials in Vietnam’s capital have instituted a city-wide ban on music festivals after an unknown substance claimed the lives of seven attendees and left five in a coma following Hanoi’s Trip to the Moon festival on September 16. All of those affected by the mystery drug, which were Vietnamese festival-goers between the ages of 18 and 30, tested positive for the substance. Officials are now investigating the source of the substance, as the situation marks the “largest mass death from drugs at a music festival” in recent events.
“They didn’t dance much, just swayed a bit and they didn’t like the lights shining directly at them,” an anonymous Trip to the Moon festival-goer told reporters. The very same attendee additionally stated that many fellow ticket holders appeared lethargic and disoriented and mentioned that the pre-entry security check was only cursory.
Vietnam remains an area in which the sale of illicit synthetic substances continues to grow in tandem with the increased popularity of electronic music events hosted in the country. Although Vietnam police previously uncovered and subsequently closed large-scale domestic labs, the drugs nevertheless infiltrate Vietnam through the borders of Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand — three points that collectively makeup a drug hotbed otherwise known as “the Golden Triangle.”