THE arrest of 250 youths, including 27 girls and some foreigners at a village in Pune from a rave party has certainly not come as a big surprise for the reason that for youngsters rave parties are the most popular form of entertainment. Rave parties are not an unknown commodity for Goa. The origin of rave parties in Goa can be traced back to the 1960’s with the influx of hippies. However the arrest the these youths makes it explicitly clear that the nature of the rave parties has now changed. In fact the rave parties have been the most sought after destinations for free availability of drugs. If these arrests are the indices of the popularity of the rave parties, this also underlines drug addiction has become a culture for the present day youth. Drug use is intended to allegedly enhance ravers’ sensations and boost their energy so they can dance for long periods. Drug addiction in India has of late emerged as a matter of great concern and there are about 3 million estimated victims of different kinds of drug usages. While the traditional moorings about self-restraint, social taboos and self-discipline are fast eroding, the stress for betterment of life in a fiercely competitive world is forcing youth to take refuge in the world of drugs. This is indeed a disastrous situation and the time has come to launch a crusade against the menace turning the families into crusaders.