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Reduce the harms at festivals


For many people festivals are the highlight of the summer. Here at, we want your festival experience to be as safe as possible and one to remember for all the right reasons.

Not everyone will use substances at festivals and it is always safest not to use drugs at all. However, we know that drug use takes place across nightlife and festival settings and we want to raise awareness of the current risks and encourage people to reduce the harms.

Be in know about the current drug market

We are 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. .

At Electric Picnic 2022, the HSE issued concern about the strenght of MDMA products available on the market as well as the emergence of a new substance known as a 'synthetic cathinone'.See the results from the first drug monitoring pilot at Electric Picnic September 2022 here 

As well as this, we have concerns for synthetic cannabinoids emerging in cannabis (vape, herbal products and edibles) in Ireland. See our update on synthetic cannabinoids here

How you can reduce the harms at festivals:

For help educate people at festivals this summer, we have developed new educational booklet and a series of posters with practical messages to help people reduce the harms.

Festival resources 2022

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Festival outreach 


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The HSE and Union of Students in Ireland (USI) ask students to think about drug safety measures when using club drugs
Harm reduction messages from the #SaferStudentNights campaign.
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