Reduce the harms at festivals
For many people festivals are the highlight of the summer. Here at Drugs.ie, we want your festival experience to be one to remember for all the right reasons.Follow our information on partying safely and reduce the harms this summer.
Remember, our message is that it’s always safer not to use drugs at all – there are always risks.
- Tell your friends if you decide to use drugs.
- Think about your health. Females may be at greater risk to adverse reactions to drugs like MDMA.
- Start low and go slow. Start with a very small dose and see how you react to the drug. Wait at least 2 hours before taking more.
- Some ecstasy pills could be slow release meaning you can’t be sure how long it takes to kick in. Drugs can look the same, but may have different contents or strengths. High dose MDMA is currently circulating in Europe which can mean increased risks.
- Leave the mixing to the DJ. Every time you mix drugs, including alcohol and prescription medication, you increase the risks.
- Keep cool and stay hydrated. Take breaks from dancing and drink water but not over a pint an hour.
- Access free water at the event. Pack a re-usabe bottle.
- Get help. Find out where the medical tent is and don't be afraid to get help if you or a friend become unwell or feel suicidal after using drugs.
- Always be honest with medics about what was taken, they are there to help.
- Use drugs if you are feeling low, anxious or depressed. Some drugs can make negative feelings or bad thoughts even worse.
- Try new drugs or new types of drugs for the first time at a music festival.
- Use bank notes to snort and avoid sharing snorting paraphernalia. This can spread blood born virsuses from person to person.
- Rely on drug testing kits to keep you safe. They have limitations.
- Use in secluded locations. Be with people you trust.
- Drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Support our campaign
Share harm reduction information online and at your event
We are working with HSE Emergency Management to promote a drug harm reduction approach at Irish music festivals. We have created new leaflets, posters and social media images to encourage people to reduce the harms when using drugs. We have had harm reduction stands and Body and Soul, Higher Vision and we will be at Boxed Off in September. As well as this, we will research drug use and harm reduction practices at festivals in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin.
Download our resources
Drug dos and don'ts:Leaflet for festival goers
Gav Connell/ The Tenthman images: Find out where the medical tent is, don't be afraid to get help, leave the mixing to the DJ, keep cool, start low go slow, pace yourself, don't use bank notes to snort, look after yourself and care for others
Follow and share #SafeUpYourSesh on social media
Take part in our festival research 'What are you taking?'
A communication toolkit is available on request.
Download: stimulant overdose factsheet
For more information about this campaign contact Nicki Killeen: Nicki.firstname.lastname@example.org
This campaign is supported by Body & Soul Festival, Higher Vision Festival, the Order of Malta, The Union of Students in Ireland, HSE Emergency Management and Mother Club.