Stay safe at festivals

Bianca Bharti, Daily Herald

Summer means festivals and good times with good people, however Health Canada wants to remind you to stay safe while enjoying the music. Drug and alcohol use is prevalent but here are some tips that can help reduce harm while the good times roll.

Know that drugs can be tainted

You never know what you’re taking when it comes to illicit substances. Sometimes they can be laced with fentanyl or other deadly drugs.

Be aware

People under the influence are at higher risk of sexual assault.

Don’t leave drinks unattended

Also, don’t accept drinks — even water — from someone you don’t know.

Don’t mix drugs

And don’t mix drugs with alcohol.

Never use drugs alone

Always stay with friends and people you trust so they can watch out for you.

Test kits aren’t always accurate

If you use kits to test for dangerous substances, know that they have limitations and can’t detect everything.

How to help someone having an overdose

Don’t leave them alone

Stay with them and immediately call for help from volunteers at festivals or emergency services.

Call 911

Don’t hesitate to call 911. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act afford legal protection to people seeking emergency help during an overdose situation, even if they possess illegal drugs.

Carry naloxone

Many local public health units and community organizations offer training on how to administer naloxone.

Stay until help comes

Stay to ensure the person is okay, don’t abandon them.

Signs of an opioid overdose

  • Difficulty walking and talking
  • Very small pupils
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Slow, weak breathing
  • Choking
  • Extreme drowsiness or inability to wake up