Ecstasy Kills A Good Time

Ecstasy Kills A Good Time

New South Wales Minister for Health Brad Hazzard

More Medical Help To Boost Music Party Safety

Victor P Taffa

Revellers will see an increased medical presence at music festivals this long weekend and more explicit messaging, as new harm reduction measures are rolled out.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the New South Wales Government will have more critical care doctors, nurses and paramedics on the ground and a blunt warning for audiences.

“Doctors, paramedics and a young drug overdose survivor have lent their support to this campaign, reminding people to get help quickly and one pill can harm or even kill you.” Minister Hazzard said.

“Tragically, we have had 5 deaths at festivals in 6 months, with MDMA implicated in all of them, so we have strengthened our emergency manpower and messaging.”

“Reality is you are dicing with death with illicit drugs, and even with the best emergency specialists available, there is no guarantee if you overdose that you will survive.”

Media campaign will play across social media platforms and at all 3 music events this weekend, reminding people to get help quickly if they feel unwell.

Chief Health Officer, Dr. Kerry Chant said in addition to more medics on the ground, chill out zones are available so people can cool down, rehydrate, and check in with mates.

“If you or a friend is confused, dizzy, too hot, vomiting or has a fast heart rate, get to the medical tent fast. You won’t be punished for getting medical help.” Dr. Chant said.

“MDMA alone can be a killer but mixing MDMA with alcohol and other drugs or taking multiple doses of MDMA, increases your risk of serious harm.”

“When you take MDMA your body temperature will increase and can cause your organs to shut down. Dancing and hot weather can make this happen more quickly.”

Minister Hazzard said, festivals always had to provide health care teams but the Liberals & Nationals Government is now adding the “best of the best” emergency specialists at high-risk festivals.

 

Abbreviations:

MDMA           Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ecstasy)