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TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome to AMPLIFY’s Festival Safety Guide Pg. 3 Dehydration and Overheating Pg. 4 Heatstroke 101 pg. 5 Dealing with Difficult Psychedelic Experiences Pg. 6 Recognizing an Overdose Situation Pg. 7-8 Asserting Your Rights Pg.9 Protecting Your Hearing Pg. 10 Practicing Safe Sex Pg. 11 Alcohol and Marijuana Pg.12 Mushrooms and LSD Pg. 13 MDMA and Ketamine Pg. 14 DMT and Nitrous Oxide Pg. 15 Festival Map – Medical Tents Pg. 16

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 Total Duration: 15-60 Minutes  Onset/Come up: 15-60 seconds  Duration: 5-20 minutes  After Effects: 15-60 minutes

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Threshold: 2-5 mg Light: 10-20 mg Common: 20-40 mg Heavy: 40-60 mg


 Caution. The sudden onset can be extremely overwhelming.  Intense, very real hallucinations  Confusion

Euphoria Spiritual experiences Feelings of insight Increased sense of connections with others  Incredible hallucinations and/or visions    


 Total Duration: 10-20 Minutes  Onset/ Come up: 15-60 seconds  Duration 5-20 minutes  After Effects: 15-60 minutes 

POSITIVE EFFECTS OF NITROUS OXIDE  Euphoria  Ease of laughter  Pleasant mental and/or body high  Feelings of insight  Ease of laughter  Alteration of perception  Spiritual experiences


Nitrous is most frequently used in the form of whipped cream chargers, small metal cartridges which are “cracked” either into a whipped cream canister or with a special “cracker” into a balloon for inhalation. A single cartridge is between one and three lungs full of gas and is a typical dose.


Confusion Respiratory depression Dizziness Headaches Anxiety Nausea/vomiting

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Welcome to the second edition of the AMPLIFY Project’s “Festival Safety Guide”


Total Duration: 3-5 Hours Onset: 20-90 Minutes Come up: 5-20 Minutes Plateau: 2-3 Hours Comedown: 1-2 Hours After Effects: 2-24 Hours

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Threshold: 30 mg Light: 40-75 mg Common: 75-125 mg Heavy: 150-200mg



Euphoria Ease of Communication Sensory Enhancement Decreased Pain Perception  Increased Energy  Spiritual feelings

 Confusion  Insomnia  Hyponatremia (lack of salt)  Jaw Clenching  Depression/Fatigue  Death (rare)

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Total Duration: 45-60 Minutes Onset: 5-15 Minutes Come up: 10-30 Minutes Plateau: 20-40 Minutes Comedown: 30-60 Minutes After Effects: 1-3 Hours

POSITIVE EFFECTS OF KETAMINE  Pleasant mental and/or body high  Increased energy  Euphoria  Sense of calm and serenity  Increased sense of connection with others  Spiritual experiences The AMPLIFY Project

By Body Weight Threshold Light Common Strong The K Hole

.1 mg/lb .15 mg/lb .3 mg/lb .5-.75 mg/lb 1 mg/ lb

Approx Total 10-15 mg 15-30 mg 30-75 mg 60-125 mg 100-250 mg

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF KETAMINE  Severe confusion  Paranoia and egocentrism  Nausea/Vomiting  Loss of sensory perception  Susceptibility to accidents due to low coordination  Loss of consciousness  Severe dissociation  Depression of heart rate and respiration

What is the AMPLIFY Project? The AMPLIFY Project is a side project of Students for Sensible Drug Policy that is working to bridge the gap between advocating for drug policy reform and practicing harm reduction through on-site education and services at concerts, festivals and other events. We coordinate SSDP and DanceSafe chapters to promote for partnered artists, festivals and promoters in exchange for table space at events to promote local and national drug policy reform initiatives, spread harm reduction educational materials & supplies, pass out Know-Your-Rights information and to encourage others to join the growing drug policy reform movement. What is the “Festival Safety Guide”? This guide has been designed in order to spread knowledge we believe all festival attendee’s should be aware of in order to ensure a safe, comfortable & enjoyable experience. This guide is filled with valuable harm reduction techniques & strategies that can be utilized in order to drastically minimize the potential harms associated with potentially unsafe behavior you or your friends might engage in at a festival or show. Be it tips on how to avoid & treat overheating and/or dehydration, factual drug information, safe sex practices or even tips on how to protect your hearing, this guide has it all! So please read carefully and spread this guide around to your neighbors and friends. DISCLAIMER: SSDP neither condones nor condemns drug use. This guide is intended to provide educational information so that all festival attendee’s can be informed of the reasons for and potential risks of illicit drug use. Summer 2013





The early symptoms of dehydration are:

 A dry mouth and sticky saliva.  Reduced urine output with dark yellow urine.

Five Tips to Avoid Dehydration/Overheating 1. Drink water. It is very important to stay hydrated if one engages in the use of some drugs, drugs such as MDMA, the active ingredient in ‘molly’ or ‘ecstasy’. 2. Don't drink too much water. A few people have died while under the influence of drugs and from drinking too much water. Two to four cups per hour is plenty. 3. Take breaks from dancing. It is easy to dance for long periods of time while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Even if you have lots of energy and are feeling great, you should take breaks regularly, sit down, and relax a while. 4. Stay cool and avoid very hot environments when possible. Take regular breaks in the shade if you’re in the sun all day. 5. Avoid mixing alcohol with other drugs such as MDMA or other stimulants. Alcohol dehydrates your body as well, adding to the risk. It also lessens your ability to detect the warning signs your body may be giving you.

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Total Duration: 4-7 Hours Onset: 15-60 Minutes Come up: 15-30 Minutes Plateau: 2-4 Hours Comedown: 1-2 Hours After Effects: 2-4 Hours


Threshold: 250 mg Light: 250 mg-1g Common: 1-2.5g Heavy: 2.5-5g



Euphoria Increased creativity Feelings of insight Ease of laughter Alteration of perception  Spiritual experiences

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Confusion Feelings of Fear Headaches Anxiety Nausea Exacerbates mental illness


Total Duration: 6-12 Hours Onset: 20-60 Minutes Come up: 15-30 Minutes Plateau: 3-5 Hours Comedown: 3-5 Hours After Effects: 2-5 Hours

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Threshold: 20 ug Light: 25-75 ug Common: 50-150 ug Heavy: 150-400 ug



 Sensory enhancement  Increased creativity  Feelings of connectivity  Unfamiliar visual perception  Spiritual experiences

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Anxiety Insomnia Confusion Paranoia Unwanted Feelings HPPD

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Total Duration: 3-5 Hours Onset: 20-90 Minutes Come up: 5-20 Minutes Plateau: 2-3 Hours Comedown: 1-2 Hours After Effects: 2-24 Hours

POSITIVE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL  Relaxation  Mood lift, happiness Increased sociability  Lowered inhibition/reduced social anxiety  Analgesia (kills pain)

A standard drink is defined as 12 oz. (341 ml of beer, 5 oz (142 ml) of table wine, or 1.5 oz (85ml) of liquor

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL Nausea/Vomiting Decreased coordination Reduced impulse control Emotional volatility (anger, violence, sadness, etc.  Dizziness and confusion  Blackouts and memory loss  Coma and Death from poisoning at high doses    


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Total Duration: 1-4 Hours Onset: 0-10 Minutes Come up: 5-10 Minutes Plateau: 15-30 Minutes Comedown: 45-180 Minutes After Effects: 2-24 Hours

POSITIVE EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA  Euphoria  Increased creativity and flow of ideas  Relaxation  Ease of laughter  Increased appreciation or awareness in music  Reduced nausea  Relieves pain The AMPLIFY Project


Threshold: 250 mg Light: 250 mg-1g Common: 1-2.5g Heavy: 2.5-5g

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA  Coughing  Difficulty with short term memory  Mild to severe anxiety (causes panic attacks with some users)  Dizziness/Confusion  Lightheadedness or fainting  Paranoia

HEATSTROKE Signs of heatstroke:      

Failure to sweat Cramps in the legs, arms, and back Giddiness, dizziness, headache, and fatigue Vomiting Fainting Sudden confusion, irritability, or tiredness

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Drink at least a pint (2-4 cups) of water every hour Sip slowly, rather than drinking a lot Try and eat something salty or drink juice/sports drinks to replenish electrolytes Take breaks from dancing and allow your body to cool down in a cool or shaded area Reduce alcohol intake. Alcohol further dehydrates the body. Wear loose fitting clothing and don't wear a hat. Hats keep the heat in.

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Call for medical attention Find the nearest medical tent or send a friend for help. Get the overheated person to the nearest cool or shaded place as soon as possible until help arrives If the person regains consciousness, make the person drink water with salt in it. When medical help arrives provide EMT's with as much info as possible. Including any substances they may have taken.

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DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCES It is not uncommon for psychedelic users to have difficult psychedelic experiences. This is most likely to happen with first-time users, especially with high doses and without adequate preparation or guidance. Society has termed these experiences “bad trips.” A difficult psychedelic experience is not necessarily a bad one. With proper preparation and understanding it is possible to help a person having a difficult experience to receive the most benefit from it. If you find yourself in a situation with someone having a difficult psychedelic experience, you can use these four basic principles of psychedelic therapy to help: - Create a safe space - Sitting, not guiding - Talk through, not down - Difficult is not the same as bad Create a safe space - Create a space where it is quiet, warm, safe, & possible to be open. If possible, have art/writing supplies, blankets, quiet music and soft light. Sitting, not guiding - Respond when needed, do not take over. The most appropriate response to a powerful psychedelic crisis might be to just sit quietly with the person, making them feel safe. Talk through, not down - If appropriate, engage in a calm conversation, responding to fear and anxiety. Difficult is not the same as bad - Reassure them: This will pass. This is a process. This is an experience other people have had. If the person is not responding well, or “stuck”, there are several different ways to act: - Wait and calm them down through talk, knowing the duration of the substance taken - Walk with them, talking or not, until they calm down - Have them express the experience through sound - The person could recline, eyes closed or blindfolded, being in a safe place, listening to comforting music and grounding the experience. - If their emotions are overwhelming them, encourage their expression.

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If you choose to have intercourse, make sure you wear a condom. This greatly reduces the risk for unwanted pregnancies and the spread of STD’s.

Drug or alcohol use can impair your judgment on using safe sex practices.

Don’t be afraid to ask your partner if they are disease free, and speak up if you are positive for an STD!


Vaginal or Anal Intercourse without a Condom has a high risk for passing:  chancroid  chlamydia  cytomegalovirus (CMV)  genital warts  gonorrhea  hepatitis B  herpes  human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)  human papilloma virus (HPV)  pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)  pubic lice  scabies  syphilis  trichmaniasis

Oral sex without a Condom has a high risk for passing  cytomegalovirus (CMV)  gonorrhea  hepatitis B  herpes  syphilis Skin-to-skin sex play without sexual intercourse is risky for passing:  cytomegalovirus (CMV)  herpes  human papilloma virus (HPV)

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Hearing damage can take the form of temporary or permanent ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and loss of the ability to hear clearly.

The risk of hearing damage depends on; o How loud the music is o How close you are to the speakers o How long you are listening to the music o Previous hearing damage


You hear ringing in your ears; you’re sensitive to loud noises You have difficulty hearing others when there is background noise. People sound like they’re mumbling or talking to quickly; you have to ask them to repeat themselves. You need to turn the volume on the TV or radio higher than others. You hear the telephone better through one ear then the other. *If you have these symptoms, get your hearing checked by a hearing health professional. To prevent more damage, wear earplugs!


Sound levels at concerts average at 95 decibels, which can cause damage very quickly.

Try to stay at least ten feet away from speakers—dancing in front of speakers is very risky.

Use ear plugs—cotton or rolled up toilet paper do not provide protection.

Be careful when taking while the music is playing; shouting in someone’s ear can cause damage.

Alcohol and rugs lower your sense of pain and increase the risk of hearing damage. Being tired, dehydrated, or overheated also increase risk.

Take regular breaks away from amplified sound.

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Awake but unable to talk Body is very limp Face is very pale or clammy Fingernails and lips turn blue or purplish black For lighter skinned people, the skin tone turns bluish purple, for darker skinned people, it turns grayish or ashen Breathing is very slow and shallow, erratic, or has stopped Pulse (heartbeat) is slow, erratic, or not there at all Choking sounds, or a snore-like gurgling noise Vomiting Loss of consciousness Unresponsive to outside stimuli


Overamping is the term we use to describe what one might consider an “overdose” on a stimulant like speed or cocaine. Sometimes it is physical, when our bodies don’t feel right. Other times it is psychological, like paranoia or anxiety—or a mixture of the two. It’s complicated because sometimes one person will consider something overamping, and the other person actually considers it just part of the high. Overamping can lead to heart attack, stroke, seizure or overheating!! If you notice any of the symptoms below in you or a friend, it may be a sign of an impending overdose.

Physical Symptoms:

 Nausea and/or Vomiting  Falling asleep/passing out (but still breathing)  Chest pain or a tightening in the chest  High temperature/sweating profusely, often with chills  Fast heart rate, racing pulse  Irregular breathing or shortness of breath  Convulsions  Stroke  Limb jerking or rigidity  Feeling paralyzed but you are awake  Severe headache  Hypertension elevated blood pressure)  teeth grinding  insomnia or decreased need for sleep

Psychological Symptoms: Extreme Anxiety Panic Extreme Paranoia Hallucinations Extreme Agitation Increased Aggressiveness Agitation, restlessness, irritability  Hyper vigilance (being super aware of your environment, sounds, people, etc.)  Enhanced sensory awareness  Suspiciousness       

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HOW TO RESPOND TO AN OVERDOSE If you think someone is overdosing, then following these basic steps will allow you to respond effectively to most overdoses: 1.

Rescue Breathing: If the person is breathing very little or not at all, the best and most important thing you can do is get oxygen into their lungs. When someone has extremely shallow and intermittent breathing (around one breath every 5-10 seconds) or has stopped breathing and is unresponsive, rescue breathing should be done as soon as possible. These are the steps for rescue breathing:  

Place the person on their back. Tilt their chin up to open the airway.

Check to see if there is anything in their mouth blocking their airway, such as gum, toothpick, undissolved pills, etc. If so, remove it.

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Plug their nose with one hand, and give 2 even, regular-sized breaths. Blow enough air into their lungs to make their chest rise. If you don’t

ASSERTING YOUR RIGHTS WHAT IF I GET PULLED OVER LEAVING THE FESTIVAL OR SHOW? Always Be Calm & Cool - If police flag you down, pull over immediately, turn off your car, and place your hands on the wheel. Don't talk back, raise your voice, or use profanity with a police officer. In other words, be respectful. Remain Silent: What You Don't Say Can't Hurt You - An officer may ask, "Do you know how fast you were going?" to get you to admit to having broken a law. As such, the best answer to that and similar questions is “No Officer”. Because anything you say can and will be used against you in court, the less you say the better. DO NOT CONSENT TO SEARCH REQUESTS -Refusal of a search request is NOT an admission of guilt and does NOT give the officer the legal right to search or detain you.

see their chest rise out of the corner of your eye, tilt the head back more and make sure you’re plugging their nose.

Even if you know you have nothing to hide do NOT consent to search requests for many reasons.

Breathe again. Give one breath every 5 seconds.

First, you can never be 100% sure as to the contents of your vehicle; you never know what could have fallen into a seat cushion.

Call for help. Immediately seek medical assistance for someone experiencing an overdose as medical professionals are the best help in an overdose situation.

IF SOMEONE HAS A SEIZURE, HEART ATTACK, STROKE, OR IS OVERHEATING Always seek medical assistance, because any of these conditions may result in death and it can be difficult for people without medical training to respond. If a person is having a seizure, protect his or her head from bumping into walls, furniture, or the floor. Do not try to restrain the person, and do not put anything into a seizing persons mouth. If the person’s heart has stopped beating, begin CPR. To provide chest compressions: 1. Place the person flat on her back 2. Put your hands, one over the other, in the center of the person’s chest on the sternum—the bone where the ribs comes together. 3. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest, without interruption, until medical help arrives or the person has revived. You should try to provide up to 100 chest compressions per minute—or a little more than 15 every 10 seconds. Compressions should be relatively deep: about 40mm (1.5 inches). The AMPLIFY Project

Second, law enforcement is NOT liable to ANY damage to your property incurred during a consensual search; do not risk your valuables in order to make violating your privacy easier. Third, isn’t your time & privacy as valuable as any law enforcement officials? Then why freely surrender them away upon request??? Determine if You're Free to Go - Unless you're detained or arrested, you may terminate the encounter anytime. Ask if you're free to go. For example, if an officer threatens to call in a K-9 unit if you refuse a search, you should ask "Officer, are you detaining me, or am I free to go?" Not only can this line can help withdraw you from an encounter, it also deflects any of the officer's probing questions or threats. Be aware that unlocking your car at the officer's request or handing the officer your keys is the same as consenting to a search. Ask for a Lawyer - If you are not free to go, you are being detained. The officer might have some reason to suspect you of a crime, and you may be arrested. In such a situation, simply state, "I'm going to remain silent & I have nothing to say until I speak with a Lawyer.” These magic words are like a legal condom. They're your best protection if you're under arrest. Never rely on police to inform you of your right to remain silent and see a lawyer. Repeat the magic words as necessary, but say no more. Summer 2013 *Source: