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Festival season started: ‘Drug testing can safety guarantee”

Festival season started: ‘Drug testing can safety guarantee”

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The festival season is slowly started, and that also means that a lot of party drugs will use. The taking by criminals gefrabriceerde drugs remains a risk.

Stands with drug tests on the festivals see the Trimbos-institute, however, does not sit. “Testing the safety of drugs not to guarantee,” says Marjan Heuving, communications advisor at the institute.

According to Heuving you can do some testing and see whether a drug is pure, but not how someone will react. “Of course, it is important to know whether a drug just made. But if the user has bad his skin is and little is eaten, will be the one there less to respond than someone who is good feels. You can with some testing and the overall safety of someone so not guarantee.”

“Therefore, we are not for teststands at festivals,” says Heuving. “Those tests may not be all of the risks exclude. People that stands out, like already their starting to use drugs. On the test sites after the results of the test have a conversation about the risks of drugs, there is a festival, no time for that.”

“We encourage the testing of drugs and we are not necessarily against teststands at festivals, but in the Netherlands there are 32 locations where you calm your drugs can be tested. That is easier, but saves a lot of money,” says Floor van Bakkum of Jellinek. “There are in the Netherlands, hundreds of festivals, and we would then be on all the festivals equipment should drop all drug testing. That is not going to. Also cost the testing of powders a week and that time is during an event of course not.”

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These are the most popular party drugs in the Netherlands

Risks

Of Bakkum says that it is also a double feels to be at a festival to test: at the beginning you will be frisked for drugs, and if you managed to take it to the inside to take, should you come to test. “That’s true, of course not.”

If you, despite the risks, however drugs want to use on a festival, then it is, according to Van Bakkum smart to your drug testing. “That good, then it is important to be properly prepared. For example, if you suffer from heart, it is not wise to using cocaine because you heart palpitations. You can read so well! You should also the people with whom you trust and tell them that you are going to use. If it goes wrong, they know what’s going on. Know the way to the first aid post and take rest breaks.”

An overview by drugs:

XTC

– What does it do for you?

  • You get a happy feeling and feel energetic and cheerful
  • Your perception becomes more intense, you will experience the music louder
  • At a high dosage you get any hallucinations, a confused and/or feeling anxious
  • ECSTASY is also known as the “hug drug”: you get more need for warmth and intimacy
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sometimes sweating, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Tense muscles and grind their teeth
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty with urination
  • Increase endurance

– What are the risks?

  • Overheating
  • Watervergiftiging
  • Liver damage
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Damage to the teeth
  • Anxiety or panic attack
  • Psychological symptoms

– What are the consequences?

A lot of people have after one or two days with a hangover after using ECSTASY. They feel sad and empty, these symptoms can last sometimes five days, a few have there weeks last. Users can irritated, crying, unfocused, memory problems or poor vision.

Nitrous oxide

– What does it do for you?

  • Dreamy ruffle
  • Short feeling of euphoria
  • Course
  • May hallucinate
  • Unconscious feelings and thoughts that are coming up that may care for fear and anxiety

– What are the risks?

  • Freezing of the lungs
  • Lack of oxygen in the brain
  • Inattention in traffic
  • If you are pregnant: lack of oxygen to the baby
  • Attention deficit syndrome
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion and/or nausea
  • Numbness, tingling, and/or fainting.

Long term use:

  • Neurological disorders and/or damage
  • Infertility
  • Impotence

– What are the consequences?

Of the drug you get, not as in ECSTASY, a male.

Speed (amphetamine)

– What does it do for you?

  • Cheerful, alert
  • Fatigue and hunger pangs disappear
  • A lot of energy
  • Self-confidence
  • Euphoria
  • Praterig
  • The thinking seems to go faster
  • Can’t sleep
  • Restless
  • Also sometimes stressed, aggressive and/or paranoid
  • Heart rate and blood pressure go up
  • Body temperature rises
  • Large pupils
  • Tense muscles
  • Sweating, dizziness, nausea and/or headaches

– What are the risks?

  • Overheating
  • Cardiac arrhythmia, a heart attack and a stroke
  • Damage to the teeth
  • Vision problems
  • The realization
  • Temporary psychosis (with prolonged use)

– What are the consequences?

Of speed you can a hangover. That is manifested in fatigue, insomnia and depressed feelings.

Cocaine

– What does it do for you?

  • Glee
  • More energy
  • You get the feeling that you’re fast and can think clearly
  • Praterig
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased heart rate, breathing and blood pressure
  • Numbness in nose, palate and gums
  • Frequent urination
  • Increase endurance
  • Sometimes large pupils
  • Increase body temperature (at high dose)

– What are the risks?

  • Damage to the nasal mucosa
  • Blockage and headache in the forehead
  • Seizures
  • Disturbances of the heart and cardiovascular system
  • Trouble with sex

Long term use:

  • Change in personality
  • Fatigue and depression
  • Aggression and suspicion
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Malfunctions in the respiratory system

– What are the consequences?

Of cocaine, you get no hangover.

4-fluoramfetamine (4-FA/4-FMP)

– What does it do for you?

  • Praterig
  • Euphoria
  • Need for intimacy
  • Sharper observation

– What are the risks?

  • Severe headache
  • Overheating
  • Cardiac arrhythmias, difficulty breathing and increased blood pressure
  • Damage to the teeth
  • Psychological symptoms

– What are the consequences?

4-FA can you get a hangover, get something less intense than that of ECSTASY. The drug is however, not without dangers. A lot of people have after one or two days with a hangover after using ECSTASY. Users can feel bleak and empty feel.

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