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HSE harm reduction outreach

Where can you find our harm reduction teams at Electric Picnic?

We will have a tent in the main arena and will have outreach teams across campsites. You can spot us in purple hi vis vests that say ‘Harm reduction’ with HSE branding.  Follow us on @drugsdotie for updates on our location and work throughout the event.

Who are the harm reduction teams?

Our trained volunteers come from different backgrounds across statutory services and NGOs. We will have a team made up of HSE staff, professionals from substance use and mental health services, pharmacists, youth workers, students and nightlife peers.

We have worked closely with Student Unions and Nightlife providers for a number of years and develop drug information, deliver information talks and provide harm reduction stands.

So far this summer we have been at Life and Indie Festivals.

What do the teams do?

You can come to the HSE drug tent to get information about drugs or to get a free tote bag and lip balm.

The teams are onsite to talk to you about substances use and reducing harms to your health. They will provide non-judgmental support and advice for people who use drugs.

The teams can answer any questions you may have about different types of drugs and can discuss reducing the harms to your health. They may also support people to reduce or avoid use, if they choose to do so.

The teams can discuss questions you may have relating to the pilot drug monitoring programme taking place at Electric Picnic. They will have updated information on the trends identified and if there are active drug alerts. Chat with our volunteer team or the medics if you have any questions relating to a drug alert. If you are concerned following the consumption of a drug, get medical help. 

For information about the pilot drug monitoring programme here

For updates on this pilot programme and drug alerts, follow us @drugdotie.

See our 2020 festival resources here

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