Latest version of key advice for everyone who works in pubs, clubs and at festivals on how to manage drugs safely.
Drugs are, of course, illegal but they are also commonly used by a sizeable minority of ordinary people who go out to pubs and clubs or to music events.
Whether you manage a club or organise a festival, work on the door, serve drinks or are involved in regulating this part of the economy as a licensing officer, police officer or fire officer, it’s important to keep up with the latest information and advice on best practice to minimise the risks associated with drug use and going out.
Safer Nightlife is the fourth version of this advice produced by the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum since 1996. Things have changed a lot over the last two decades; there are new drugs, legislation has changed, there is a completely new licensing system not to mention the changes wrought by the new digital economy and social media. This version of Safer Nightlife reflects these changes and has an increased focus on drug safety at festivals, of which there are now more than a thousand every year, compared to just 300 five years ago.
Safer Nightlife brings together best practice on keeping people who use drugs and go out safe and makes it as simple as possible for everyone involved to know their role and responsibilities.
Of course, it’s not possible to get things right all the time. People will have bad experiences with drugs on nights out, a very small number will, sadly, even die as a result. But Safer Nightlife’s mission is to make these tragic events as rare as possible. On this site you can find a wide range of resources in easy to digest formats; everything from the key contents of a drug policy to what to do in a drug-induced medical emergency.
In particular, Safer Nightlife provides a common ground for the professionals regulating the entertainment business and the organisations providing it, helping them to work together to ensure that as many people as possible have an enjoyable and safe time going out.