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Security stepped up for Electric Zoo Festival

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Festival goers to one of the most popular events of the summer in New York City will see major changes this weekend.

The Electric Zoo festival featuring headliner David Guetta takes place Saturday and Sunday on Randall's Island.

Organizers are expecting 45,000 people, daily. Last year's party was cut short after the deaths of  Olivia Rotundo, 20, of Providence, R.I. and Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, N.Y. 

Both of the deaths appeared to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy or molly,) said the mayor's office last year.

This time around, all attendees will be required to wear an activated wrist band which requires a code to work. That code will be shown at the end of a public service announcement played before the festival begins.

In the anti-drug video, an actor is seen having a violent reaction after sniffing a white powder. The video ends with a message to "avoid the risks." 

Organizers say they have worked with the NYPD to enhance the safety of everyone in attendance.

There will reportedly be six drug sniffing dogs and medical personnel greeting guests as they arrive and checking for any illegal substances they may be carrying or having had consumed.

Dozens of pre-medical and nursing students will assist EMTs in handling any health-related emergencies.

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