Take FRANK to the Festivals with you
As the 2009 festival season approaches, thousands of people across the UK are dusting off their tents, digging out their wellies and crossing their fingers for a summer of sun.
But wet weather and waterlogged tents could be the least of your troubles if you don’t take steps to look after yourself and your mates. With many gigs and events running through the night, it’s easy to over-do it.
Make sure you don’t remember this year’s festival for the wrong reasons by following a few simple tips from FRANK……
Know the facts
- Whether you think you'll take drugs or not, you should know about the facts. Check out our A-Z of drugs, email us or call FRANK on 0800 77 66 00 for friendly, confidential advice 24 hours a day.
Keep your friends close…
- It’s a good idea to stick together with your mates at festivals. If you do take something, then tell your friends what you’ve taken – if something does go wrong then you’ll need their help. If someone starts to get stressed, take them somewhere quiet, try to calm them down and send for help if needed.
… And your drinks closer
- Drink-spiking can and does happen so don’t accept drinks from strangers. Mixing alcohol and drugs will also make the effects of both far more unpredictable.
Expect the unexpected
- If you take drugs then you don’t know what you’re getting. Cocaine can be cut with tetramisole (used for worming pets), you won’t know what’s in any pills you buy, and cannabis can be of varying strengths. And the effects can be different in different people.
- Make sure you know how you are getting home. No one wants to be left behind because they’re too wasted to drive, and drug driving carries the same penalties as drink driving. Make sure you don’t accept a lift from anyone if you think they’ve been taking drugs.
Resist peer pressure
- Don’t feel under pressure to try drugs if you don’t want to. Drugs are more likely to have a bad effect if you’re feeling disorientated, so it’s not a great idea to take them in unfamiliar settings with large crowds of people.
- Ecstasy affects the body’s temperature control – so if you take it or other dance drugs and move around a lot, then you risk overheating, dehydration and blackouts. Make sure you take regular breaks from the dance floor to cool down. You should also be careful with fluids as drinking too much can be dangerous or even fatal. Reduce the risks by sipping no more than a pint of water or non-alcoholic fluid every hour.
… And stay out of trouble
- Many drugs are illegal. Cannabis is now a Class B drug, which means it carries more severe penalties for possession. And if you’re caught with a Class A drug like cocaine then you could face seven years in jail. It’s perhaps worth remembering that landing up with a criminal record may limit your career prospects and make it hard to get visas for travel abroad.