All drugs are potentially dangerous; there are no harmless drugs. The only way to avoid risks is not to take drugs at all. This goes for new psychoactive substances (formerly known as ‘legal highs’) as well. If you choose to take drugs, you can take the steps below, to help reduce potential harm:
- Remember that illegal drugs can vary in strength and purity. Unless drugs have been tested, you can never know exactly what is in them or how strong they are.
- Before taking drugs, consider your environment and how you might feel when intoxicated there.
- Be open with your friends if you are taking drugs and look after each other. If anyone feels unwell encourage them to seek medical attention or visit the welfare team.
- Remember that tolerance levels can vary. You may not have the same tolerance level as your friends so always go slow and stay low.
- Beware of mixing different substances and/or alcohol. For example alcohol and ketamine can be a potentially lethal combination.
- If someone is taking ecstasy/MDMA and is dancing, they should drink about a pint of water per hour to avoid dehydration, but be careful not to drink too much. Some people have suffered problems from drinking too much water when taking ecstasy.
- If someone is taking MDMA in crystal form, they should #CrushDabWait. Crush up crystals into a fine powder, lick a finger tip and dab the powder to consume a small amount. Then wait 1-2 hours for the effects of that dose before considering taking another.
- In recent years, there have been a number of deaths related to very high strength ecstasy pills. As with all drugs, if taking ecstasy you should start low and go slow. Take a quarter and wait for this to take effect before having any more.
Please note: If you or a friend appear to feel unwell, visit our onsite Welfare team, and one of our team of trained professionals will provide the care and assistance you need. Our Welfare Team are located in both the main arena and campsites.