Drug safety at music festivals during the summertime has always been an issue in Canada. While music festivals a great a way to celebrate summertime, it’s also important to stay safe at all times.
Here are 5 tips on how to be safe and how to decrease the potential harm of drugs and alcohol.
1) Be Aware That:
Recreational drugs can be tainted with other dangerous substances like fentanyl and opioid. These two drugs are known to be deadly, as fentanyl and opioid-related deaths have been on the rise in Canada. Be also aware that with impaired judgment, drug and alcohol consumption can you put at a greater risk of sexual assault.
2) Stay with People You Trust
Never consume drugs alone. Make sure to surround yourself with people that you trust. If you’re a recovering addict, ask your friends to act as your support system. They can help you ward off triggers and temptations.
3) Never Leave Your Drink Unattended
Never accept drinks from someone you don’t know. Always keep an eye on your drinks. Last year, a woman had her drink spiked at Montreal’s Osheaga music festival. In such cases, drugs can be ingested without consent.
4) Call For Help
If you see someone alone that seems ill or seems to be having a drug overdose, call for emergency help and stay with them until help arrives.
5) Bring Drug Test Kits and Naloxone
Certain music festivals like Shambhala in British Columbia and Escapade in Ottawa allow and even encourage festivalgoers to bring drug test kits. Naloxone is a opioid antidote that comes in injectable or nasal spray form. A medication like Naloxone can reverse the effects of a drug overdose, making it potentially life saving. However, not all festivals allow festivalgoers to bring drug kits or Naloxone, such as WayHome in Ontario. Make sure to inquire about this before bringing a drug kit to any festival.