“DRUG BRIDGE” SHUT DOWN; INVESTIGATION ONGOING INTO GATHERING ATTENDEE DEATH
HARDIN CO.---Officials have reported that the "drug bridge" on the premises of the Hog Rock Campgrounds, where attendees of The Gathering of the Juggalos north of Cave-in-Rock can freely buy all manner of illicit substances, has been shut down following the death of an ostensible Juggalo.
A male Gathering attendee was found in a tent this afternoon at some point in time before 3 p.m., dead of an apparent overdose, this being the official word at this time. Sources are advising that those around the man, estimated to be in his late 20s/early 30s, told them he supposedly went into someone's tent, shot up something with a needle/syringe...and fell over dead, according to accounts we are receiving from the scene.
At 3:13, the "drug bridge" was officially shut down; police authorities arrived at 4:27 p.m. Coroner Jessica Cullum was en route at that time.
The drug bridge is the most caustic aspect of the entire Gathering.
All it is is a regular box-culvert type bridge over a creek on the grounds, with railings on the side, just like any other creek crossing in Southern Illinois. However, when it comes time for the Gathering, the JuggaDrug dealers take to it, setting up tents and tables to hawk their wares to anyone at all on the grounds...young or old, no matter their health condition, and including pregnant woman, probably like this one featured here at this article, who is reported to have doped so much when she was carrying her baby daughter in utero that the baby died, and the parents had a spectacular Juggalo funeral for her.
Anyway, back to the drug bridge.
You can pretty much get anything there, and supposedly for a very good price. I haven't ever purchased dope, so I have no idea what constitutes a "good price," but that's what's said down in Hardin County.
It's our understanding---as it was related to us a couple of years ago by concerned parents---that young Hardin County kids allowed out on the grounds have gotten into raiding their parents' and grandparents' medicine cabinets, and take the pills (Lortabs, 'somas, Xanax, etc) to the drug bridge for trade for other dope, or sell it up in Harrisburg and surrounds for cold cash so they can go to the grounds and get their dope of choice...since not every 14-year-old wants to take their grandpa's pain meds.
Like I said, this is the most repulsive and controversial aspect of the entire Gathering. Yes, it's freedom of assembly; yes, it's private property rights; yes, an adult person can destroy their body with multiple substances on private property if they so choose, millions of people rot their liver every day with the perfectly legal drug, alcohol.
But when someone ODs right in front of everybody, after buying something that when he shot himself up with it, it overtook his system and killed him, and there are youngsters running around the place (the pornographic displays, lascivious conduct and other nastiness notwithstanding)...enough's enough.
We'll let you know if the show goes on tonight. The now obsolete Insane Clown Posse is usually scheduled to play on Fridays, with nothing more harmless going on than Faygo...right?
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