Updated: 09/13/2013 5:26 PM
Created: 09/13/2013 4:13 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean
A warning for all parents. Teenagers and young adults are disguising illegal drugs to look like pills you take for a headache.
The owner of a downtown club showed the bottles and pills his security confiscated at a concert this week. The drugs are ecstasy and Molly, which is a dangerous methamphetamine. They're illegal, but incredibly popular at concerts like the one at the Main Street Armory Wednesday night. The owner of the Armory showed News10NBC how young people try to sneak them in.
Scott Donaldson emptied a box that contains all the items his security took from people at the concert just days ago. He says one of the most popular ways young people try to disguise illegal pills is by putting them in Advil bottles.
Scott Donaldson, Main Street Armory owner, said, “That's what a lot of these are, then you've got the Advil containers.”
News10NBC's Berkeley Brean said, “What if it was just Advil and you took someone's Advil away, ever consider that?”
Donaldson said, “Why would a whole bunch of kids be bringing Advil into a show? They don't at any other show.”
The concert on Wednesday was a rave with intense music and lights. The disc jockey is called Zedd. A fan died from an overdose at a Zedd concert in Boston in August. A man from Greece died at a similar concert in New York City. The medical examiner confirmed Friday that 23-year-old Jeffery Russ died from a drug overdose of ecstasy.
Donaldson said, “I mean with the stuff going on in New York City and Boston and other stuff, you have to be really concerned. It's very nerve racking on every show.”
Donaldson, who is legally blind, has his security team take whatever appears suspicious including things like travel bottles of hairspray, squirt guns and little bottles of eye drops.
Brean said, “Do you think parents know that drugs are getting disguised like this?”
Donaldson said, “No, but they should be aware of what their kids are doing, that's all, because some of these drugs are dangerous.”
Donaldson said he turned everything in the box over to police Friday afternoon. He's not sure that everything his security took was a drug, but he thinks a lot of it is.