Officials: About 70 Treated So Far At Camp Bisco On Montage
Roughly 70 people have received some type of medical treatment so far at a three-day electronic music festival on Mountage Mountain, Lackawanna County officials said.
Officials have a large medical tent set up at the Camp Bisco festival, Joseph D’Arienzo, a county spokesman, said after consulting with David Hahn, the county 911 director.
D’Arienzo could not discuss what specifically people have been treated for because patient confidentiality restricts the release of that information.
In addition to common problems — from dehydration and sunburns to insect bites and injuries — found at multi-day outdoor festivals, drugs are a growing concern.
On Friday, rumors of fentanyl-laced cocaine at the festival abounded on social media. Scranton police have made no drug arrests so far there this year, city police Lt. Marty Crofton said Friday. However, Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell said authorities are actively investigating fentanyl-laced narcotics at Camp Bisco. Undercover officers from the district attorney’s office and the state police are at Camp Bisco.
As of Friday night, there have been some overdoses at the festival and some arrests for possession of a small amount of drugs have been made, said Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John Tigue.
“Nothing major yet,” he said Friday night. “Let’s hope it stays that way.”
Officials are aware of the rumors of fentanyl-laced cocaine but have not encountered it yet, Tigue said.
“They’re saying there’s little blue and red baggies that supposedly have it,” he said.
The Bunk Police, an organization that provides drug testing kits and advocates about the dangers of substances being cut with drugs like fentanyl, uses a mass-texting service to send real-time alerts for dangerous substances at music festivals around the country. The Bunk Police began attending Camp Bisco in 2011, said founder and CEO Adam Auctor. This year, the organization has four full-time employees at the festival with additional part-time workers, he said.
The messaging service, accessed by texting “bunk” to 555-888, sent out a notice at about 5 p.m. Friday warning people that “several dealers” were selling fentanyl-laced cocaine in blue and yellow baggies.
The service also tells subscribers when and where drug testing kits can be obtained for people worried if the narcotics they bought are mixed with substances like fentanyl.
The sale of fentanyl-laced cocaine varies by location, Auctor said.
“It’s becoming more and more commonplace,” he said. “It’s actually surprising.”
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In addition to drug overdoses, dehydration and public drunkenness have been problems this year at Camp Bisco, according to Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John Tigue.
Temperatures this weekend are expected to climb into the upper 80s, Dave Dombek, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, said. Humidity and the chance for thunderstorms will rise as the weekend progresses.
Water stations are set up around the festival to keep attendees hydrated, county spokesman Joseph D’Arienzo said.
There are 24-hour medical stations and emergency personal on site, according to the festival website.
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