The HSE launches Safer Nightlife programme to reduce harm this summer. The HSE is partnering with a small number of festivals this year to put in place Safer Nightlife harm reduction programmes onsite, this includes the return of onsite drug checking bins.
The HSE has launched its Safer Nightlife Programme which will continue on the work of last summer’s successful pilot project. The HSE will work with a number of festivals this year to put in place Safer Nightlife harm reduction programmes onsite.
The HSE is partnering with a small number of festivals this year to put in place harm-reduction programmes onsite. Teams of HSE-trained volunteers will available to talk about the ‘back of house’ programme, drug trends and harm-reduction practices with attendees, while also supporting people in cases of drug emergencies. The aim of these teams is to work as part of wider health and safety plans at events. We want to engage with festival-goers to educate them on drug risks and trends in circulation. Our goal is to support people on how to minimise harms to their health, including overdose prevention.
Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy Hildegarde Naughton said: “I am delighted to see the HSE Safer Nightlife Programme progress and expand into its second year. It is an excellent example of reducing the harms of drug use through interagency work and engaging closely with people who may be considering using drugs. The programme was incredibly successful in 2022 and allowed us to highlight particularly dangerous substances encountered in festival settings while also creating greater awareness for people who use drugs as part of the nighttime economy.