A young woman who suffered a medical emergency while attending the Lightning in a Bottle music festival at Lake San Antonio died from overdosing on LSD, a coroner claims. Baylee Ybarra Gatlin a died May 28 after being transported from the festival in Monterey County to Twin Cities Community Hospital.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office released the following autopsy results:
“The manner of death is listed as accidental. The cause of death is listed as Acute Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) Toxicity.”
Lightning in a Bottle has a harm reduction section on its website stating, “LIB is a drug-free event. That’s the law of the land. But we know that despite this, people will choose to use drugs, just as they do in larger society. We want to keep people alive, happy and out of the medical tent.”
Lightning in a Bottle, a free-spirited and colorful annual campout festival, features music, dancing, art, yoga, and swimming. Like Burning Man, droves party-seekers created a sprawling pop-up city with pitched tents, giant art installations, stages, and dance floors.
An estimated 25,000 people attended the 3-day event, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.
Gatlin was a Ventura College student and had plans to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis to study wine making, her family said.
Her family wrote in an obituary, “To know Baylee was to be swept up in her radiant, positive energy. She had that infectious, inviting smile that made you smile too – even if you didn’t want to. It’s a rare gift to make everyone you come across feel special. She had that gift. Many friends, family members, and acquaintances have shared with us just how special she made them feel. If you want to honor Baylee, please do so by continuing the legacy she brought into this world. Pet every dog you come across; be kind to everyone but especially to those who need it just a little bit more; see the good in everyone you meet, listen to all kinds of good music and dance daily, stop to enjoy every sunset, make time for the people you cherish, surround yourself in beauty, honor the Earth, live in the moment, enjoy your favorite foods and don’t forget to ‘treat yourself.'”
For more information on harm reduction, please visit Dancesafe.org or EcstasyData.org