safer partying

This section explains some of the common risks that people face when using drugs. Included are ideas about how you can make the experience safer and more fun for you and your friends.

planning ahead

Planning ahead before going out is the best way to party safely.

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looking after yourself and others

Rescuing friends and taking them into a more chilled head-space can be invaluable.

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heatstroke

Dancing in hot clubs for long periods, especially on stimulant drugs (e.g. E, Speed) can be a recipe for dehydration and heat stroke.

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fits (convulsions, seizures and passing out)

People can have a fit if suffering from heatstroke or an overdose.

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intravenous (IV) drug use

IV drug use is potentially the most dangerous way of taking drugs because it increases the chance of ODs, contracting blood borne viruses (i.e. HIV, hepatitis) and other serious medical conditions, and can damage blood vessels.

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pregnancy

It is not safe to use drugs and/or alcohol if you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant.

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HIV positive

People who are HIV positive and who are on drug therapies (especially protease inhibitors) could experience side effects if using any of the drugs in this publication (especially E)

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coming down

When coming down from stimulants or hallucinogens many users feel disorientated, fragile, anxious, down, hungry or tired.

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guidelines for safe dance parties

If you’re a club manager, promoter or concerned about a venue, then check this booklet out.

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club or venue complaints

If you wish to complain about a club or venue (e.g. overcrowding, no cold water in bathrooms, etc), contact the local council.

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drug-assisted sexual assault

If feeling unusually tired, sick, or intoxicated then ask a trusted friend to help get you home.

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drink spiking

People spike drinks to sexually assault, rape or rob the victim, or even as a prank.

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