The DEA created an unintentionally amusing document in 2001 to provide its agents with a quick summary of rave culture, Muckrock reports.
The DEA report was presented during day-long classes on the parties that were taught by a sergeant who led a double-life as a hardcore raver; he started attending the events in 1992. His materials include a brief history of the rave scene, a breakdown of the types of music one might encounter at a rave, the various kinds of raves, the importance of selling water bottles at these events, and the rave motto: “Peace, love, unity, respect = PLUR.”
Casual observations are sprinkled throughout his documents as if they are scientifically proven. “At most raves, 80% of the people are under the influence,” the officer declares. Later he adds, “Ravers take between one and three ecstasy tablets a night, and are often marijuana users also… Massages and head rubs are popular and feel as good as sex to ravers.”
Read the report in its full glory here.