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After over 18 months of restrictions, it is an exciting time for people as nightlife reopens. People will get to meet friends and celebrate coming through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not everyone who socialises in nightlife settings will use drugs but for those who choose to, we want to raise awareness of the current risks and encourage people to reduce the harms as nightlife reopens in Ireland. To highlight our concerns, we have launched our new campaign 'If you go, go slow' aimed at people who use drugs in nightlife settings. 

Think about your drug tolerance

From a health perceptive we are worried that some people may feel that they have to ‘make up’ for lost time which could lead to using substances in extra risky ways. We are also concerned that people who took time off from using substances or first time users may be at greater risk. See our information about drug tolerance here.

Be in know about the current drug market

We are also concerned about the current drug market including high strength MDMA (pills, powders/crystals) and cocaine. However, new substances have also been appearing in MDMA in the UK. As well as this, we have concerns for synthetic cannabinoids emerging in cannabis (vape, herbal products and edibles).

While this is an exciting time, remember to continue looking after yourself and caring for others - if you go, go slow. 

Campaign resources 

As part of the 'If you go, go slow' awareness raising campaign, we have developed a series of new resources which can be found below.

Harm prevention advice: Campaign advice can be found here

Leaflet: 'If you go, go slow' leaflet  can be downloaded here

Poster: 'If you go, go slow' poster can be downloaded here

Factsheet: Download our factsheet about the latest drug trends here

Video: Watch our new video series 'View from the Booth' where Irish DJs discuss emerging drug trends and harm reduction advice.

More information about drugs and harm reduction can be found on our site here.

If you are concerned about your own or someone elses substance use, contact the HSE Drug and Alcohol Helpline on 1800 459 459 Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm or email


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