Michael Alig: Nobody Should Overdose

Artist and Party Promoter

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Michael Alig is an artist and party promoter, who served almost 17 years in prison for manslaughter. He was a co-founder and ringleader of the Club Kids, a group of New York City clubgoers that became a cultural phenomenon during the 1980s and 1990s.

My name is Michael Alig, and I am an artist and party promoter. Yeah, of course there have been overdoses in nightclubs. There have been overdoses in amusement parks, and, you know, baseball stadiums, and, and parking garages, you know. Have there been more in nightclubs? Possibly. But, you know, we actually did a study, in the 1990's because, when the city was cracking down, and, closing down clubs, we did a study that showed that with a nightclub that holds 5,000 people, and we own four of them, so that's 20,000 people a night, times, you know, five nights a week, times 52 weeks a year, times seven years, or 10 years that we were open, and the number is some astronomical figure of, like, you know, 10 million, or 20 million, and, out of all of those, out of all of those nights, only one or two people have ever overdosed, and, nobody has actually died. So, it's really like one out of 20 million that, that overdosed at our clubs. So, the myth that people were overdosing left and right is kind of, a myth. But, I mean, you know, nobody should overdose. But I mean, but that's the reality is that things like that happen sometimes.

Last Updated: September 10, 2021

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