As we gear up for the long weekend, here are some tips to keep yourself and your mates safer when partying.
- Stay hydrated – make sure you keep hydrated and drink plenty of water.
- Eat – give your body plenty of sustenance to kick on all night.
- Take regular breaks – take some time out to chill out and prepare for your next round on the dance floor.
- Communicate with your friends – if you choose to use drugs, advise your friends what you will be taking so should something go wrong they can let medical staff know.
- Use sterile equipment- if you inject drugs ensure you use your own sterile equipment. You can pick up supplies Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm at ACON Sydney’s NSP. ACON now stocks the “NEW” coloured Terumo/Unisharp 27g x 1ml syringes. The syringes have been designed specifically for people who inject drugs and the different colours make it easier to keep eye on your syringe.
- Safe sex – no doubt there will be lots of hotties out and about, make sure you’re prepared and carry condoms.
- Plan your travel – make sure you have a plan for how you’re getting home.
- Plan your comedown – if you choose to use alcohol or other drugs, make sure you plan your comedown and give yourself time to recover. Remember that if you’re using more than usual your recovery may take longer.
- Expect to see police – possessing or supplying drugs is illegal. Police and drug dogs may be present at any event during the long weekend at pubs, entertainment venues and public transport. Police may also have sniffer dogs with them. If a sniffer dog smells drugs on you, they will indicate to police by sitting down and this may result in police searching you.
- Keep calm – if you are searched by police keep calm during the search. If you are arrested, you don’t have to say anything and you can ask for a lawyer.
- Legal advice – if you find yourself in trouble with the law, it is a good idea to get some legal advice about your options. Legal advice is available from Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC), Legal Aid NSW and LawAccess.
- Know your rights – you have a right to make a complaint about the way a police officer has conducted themselves. You can make a complaint to the police after they have searched you. You can do this by contacting the NSW Ombudsman.
- Report it – everybody has a right to celebrate who they are and feel safe. If you experience violence this long weekend, you can report it to ACON or the Police.
- Take care of yourself and your mates – remember if you need assistance let venue or medical staff know.
- Avoid the Drop Zone-GHB is known for its steep dosage response. This means that a tiny increase in dose may cause a dramatic increase in effects. For information on how to avoid the drop zone check out The Risks of GHB: How you can avoid the ‘drop zone’ .
- Get Support – if you are concerned about your alcohol and/or other drug use, contact ACON’s substance support team. Substance support provides confidential FREE short term counselling (up to 12 sessions) for LGBTI people and people with HIV seeking support in relation to their use of alcohol and other drugs. For more information or to undertake a brief assessment please contact our Sydney office or submit an enquiry.
Party safely, look after yourself and your mates.
- ACON: 02 9206 2000
- The Inner City Legal Centre: 02 9332 1966
- Legal Aid NSW: 02 9219 5000
- LawAccess NSW 1300 888 529
- Police Assistance Line: 131 444
- Emergency: 000