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Lollapalooza crowd prefers cocaine, opioids and pills

Written by
Brent DiCrescenzo

A new study by has compared the drug use at popular summer music festivals around the globe. It is not particularly revelatory to learn that Marley Fest loves weed, Coachella digs its booger sugar, Electric Daisy Carnival is fueled on Molly, and Burning Man…well, Burning Man sucks up every damn chemical from crack and LSD to mushrooms and speed. The website tracked Instagram mentions of illegal substances, culling over 3.5 million posts. Now, social media is a somewhat dubious statistical basis for a drug survey, but there is no great way to track illicit activity. Besides, people blown out of their mind are probably too blown out of their mind to realize how stupid it is to boast about taking crack on Instagram.

So, where did our local festivals place in these rankings of 12 different substances? Only Lollapalooza pops up, and it fails to lead in any category, which is no bad thing. Lolla is the third most popular festival for cocaine and pills, and the second most popular for opioids. Nearly 11 percent of all Instagram posts coming out of Lollapalooza mention coke, according to this data. Though with Metallica and Paul McCartney headlining in 2015, that could easily change to gas fumes and Viagra.

Check out the complete results below.

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