The Ana Liffey Drug Project has a few safety tips for the participants in EP
A HEALTH group warns people to look at what they are doing at Electric Picnic.
A spokesman for the Ana Liffey Drug Project said, "We do not want people to use drugs on Electric Picnic, but we can not put our heads in the sand."
About 46 volunteers from the ALDP, alongside the Irish Red Cross and Code Blue, will be present at the next weekend's music festival in Stradbally, Co Laois.
Last year nine people represented the NGO at the information box and the Welzijnstent at the annual music festival.
And they make it bigger and more visible this year, after a number of drug-related deaths at festivals in the UK.
In May, Georgia Jones (18) and Tommy Cowan (20) died after swallowing pills at Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth.
CEO of Ana Liffey Tony Duffin said: "All music festivals are important to reach out and focus on, because we have different people who go down to enjoy and some people drink too much and some people, not everyone, will take drugs .
"And from a harm reduction in terms of our work it is perfectly logical to approach people with drug use, we always say it is safer not to use drugs, but we will deal with people to stay safe and we want people to safely coming home from these events. "
Tony said, while it is safer to do nothing at all, they have to be realistic instead of pretending that the problem does not exist.
He added: "We always say that it is safer not to use these drugs at all, but if they are used, we should give them the best advice to limit damage, because we do not have a head in the sand. stabbing. "
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Ana Liffey & # 39; s drug tips for Electric Picnic are:
- Do not buy from a supplier that you do not know. Remember – festival dealers do not know you and you may never see them again.
- Do not use medication alone. Remember – stay with your friends and do not leave anyone behind who is drunk on his own.
- Start with a test dose. Remember – no one can advise you on what a safe dose of illegal or unknown drugs is.
- Take breaks, sleep well, eat well and hydrate. Remember – you can take steps to ensure your own well-being.
- Do not mix drugs. Remember – alcohol and illegal or unknown drugs can mix to cause an overdose and other harmful effects.