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Amsterdam Dance Event 2019§

Amsterdam Dance Event has all of the ingredients, but it’s up to you to cook up your own unique festival experience. Like with a marathon, it doesn’t hurt to prepare.

Unity, in cooperation with Celebrate Safe, has some tips for you to get the best out of your ADE experience.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate and send us an email: info@unity.nl

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In this video you’ll find all you need to know about our drug law, drug checking, door policy, first aid and drug potency. Enjoy!

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Drug Policy§

The Netherlands are known for its tolerant drug policies. But please keep in mind that all drugs are officially illegal. Possession, dealing, selling, the production and most other acts involving any drug are punishable by law. The Narcotics Act distinguishes between hard drugs, (e.g. heroin, cocaïne, ecstacy, amphetamines, magic mushrooms) and soft drugs (cannabis, truffles). When it comes to soft drugs, a tolerance policy is applied in the Netherlands. This means that although the possession and buying of soft drugs are recognized as a violation of the law, you will not be prosecuted if it concerns a maximum amount of five grams of cannabis. For hard drugs you will not be prosecuted if this is a maximum of 0.5 grams of powder or 1 pil (in Amsterdam the maximum amount is 5 pills).

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Door Policy§

Bringing drugs into a club, bar or festival is prohibited. You will be searched by security at the entrance. If you’re found to be carrying drugs, you could be removed from the venue and even handed over to the police. Most venues other than coffee shops do not allow cannabis to be consumed on their premises. Always check the venue’s door policy.

Please note: Carrying any amount of ecstasy pills is ILLEGAL, if they search you and you are carrying ecstasy, this still is a criminal offence. Your pills will be confiscated and you will not be allowed to enter the venue BUT, in Amsterdam you will not be prosecuted if you are carrying 5 or less pills. This is regular policy and not in anyway related to ADE! So there are no rules specifically created for ADE.

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Street dealers§

Be smart. Be safe: Ignore street dealers

Around 1,000 street dealers are arrested each year in Amsterdam. They are selling – mostly fake – drugs, act aggressively and steal money, passports and phones from tourists.

Ignore them, always stay with your friends and never let them see where you keep your money or other valuables.

They are the city’s biggest tourist trap. The fake drugs they sell could contain anything from washing powder or crushed birth control pills to an extremely dangerous substance.

If you feel intimidated, look for help from people around you, police or city officials. Let them know what’s going on. They are there to help you.
If you do buy some kind of substance on the street, don’t use it.

For more info and the video with subtitles in French, German, Italian or Spanish check: iamsterdam.com/besmartbesafe


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Have you been a victim of a crime?§

If you have been a victim of a crime, it is important to report this. Check this website for a list of Police Stations in Amsterdam.

The emergency number for the Netherlands is 112.

Non-emergency is 0900-8844 or +31 (0)34 357-8844 (This number has a base rate of 9.4 cents and 2.76 cents per minute).

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What to do if you’ve lost your passport?§

Are you in Amsterdam and have you lost your passport? If you have been robbed, report this to the police. If it’s been lost then check the Lost and Found office first. If it’s not there, then contact the consulate of your country.

More info

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Drug market§

In the Netherlands, drugs can be a lot more potent than drugs in your own country.

High dosed ecstasy tablets:

There are many highly dosed ecstasy tablets in circulation. These highly dosed ecstasy tablets have extra risks. Make sure to keep this in mind, get your drugs tested and adjust your dosage.

Less is more

Taking a high dose of MDMA will mostly increase the undesirable side effects such as rigid and grinding jaws, forgetfulness, confusion, a restless feeling, nausea and vomiting.

At higher doses the desired effects (the famous “love” feeling) will decrease, and you’ll experience more adverse (speedy) effects. People feel they will get less social with high doses in stead of more social.

That does not sound like a lot of fun, but why is it risky?

The use of a high dose of MDMA has risks. It increases the risk of overdose (also known as ecstasy-intoxication or serotonin syndrome), which can lead to overheating, irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and liver failure. In extreme cases this can unfortunately even result in death.

Unity video: What is ecstasy, what are the risks and how to reduce them (with subtitles)

4-FA, a popular New Psychoactive Substance in the Netherlands

This relative new psychoactive substance is increasingly popular in the Netherlands. Consumers experience similar positive and negative effects as with ecstasy and speed. There is no research done about this new psychoactive substance.

The Trimbos institute recently issued a press release concerning the risks of the usage of 4-FA (4-FMP). They stated that the risks of 4-FA are bigger than previously thought. Examples of the risks are physical complaints as (tremendous) headache, but also cardiovascular problems and strokes.

If you have a severe headache, please go to the first aid or any of the venues staff and tell them that you’ve been taking 4-FA. If there is no emergency department nearby, call 112. Never leave a person alone who feels unwell. 

Read everything we know so far about this NPS:  4-FA / 4-FMP.

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If you’re thirsty, drink water, but… keep in mind that drinking too much water is dangerous too. If you’re on ecstasy, stick to a maximum of 1-2 glasses per hour. This applies to the 24 hours after use. So also the next day, take it easy on the drinks. 

Unity video: What is a water intoxication?

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Drug checking service§

Even though possession of drugs is illegal in the Netherlands, it IS possible to get your drugs tested anonymously at an official drug checking service.

Regular opening hours drug checking service in Amsterdam, open every week (for pills, powders, fluids)

When Time Where
Monday 17.30-20.30 GGD Amsterdam, Valckenierstraat 4
Tuesday 17.30-20.30 GGD Amsterdam, Valckenierstraat 4
Wednesday 17.00-20.30 Jellinek, Jacob Obrechtstraat 92
Thursday 17.00-20.30 Jellinek, Jacob Obrechtstraat 92
Friday 17.00-20.30 Jellinek, Jacob Obrechtstraat 92
Saturday 13.30-16.30 GGD Amsterdam, Valckenierstraat 4

Extra opening hours during ADE

When Time Where
Wednesday, 16 October 17.30-20.30 GGD Amsterdam, Valckenierstraat 4
Thursday, 17 October 17.30-20.30 GGD Amsterdam, Valckenierstraat 4
Friday, 18 October 17.30-20.30 GGD Amsterdam, Valckenierstraat 4
Saturday, 19 October 17.00-20.30 Jellinek, Jacob Obrechtstraat 92

There are some rules to drug checking:

  • The drug checking service only tests drugs for consumers (not for dealers, producers, worried parents, or other non-consumers).
  • A consumer can bring a maximum of 3 drug samples
  • The drug checking service can only test drugs that are bought in the Netherlands
  • The costs of drug checking are €2,50 (cash only) per drug sample.
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The First Aid is your friend§

Please take care of yourself and watch out for each other. If you’re not feeling well, if one of your friends is nauseous, or even if you just need a band-aid: Don’t be afraid. Just ask for, or go to the first aid or any of the venue’s staff members when you think you need help. They are professionals and what you tell them is confidential. You will not get fined or arrested for drug use in the Netherlands. Be honest about your own or your friends’ drug use, this will make it easier for them to help you. Never leave someone alone when he or she is feeling sick. Ask for help and stay with them until medical help arrives. Read more about acute health risks and first aid.


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Sleep: the key to a great party§

Make sure a lack of sleep does not get in the way of finishing a partymarathon like a winner with our 5 tips:

  1. Plan a steady sleep rhythm of 8 hours of sleep at least 3 days before your first party.
  2. A short disconap just before the party can give you that extra boost to get you through the night.
  3. Don’t use substances that help you fall asleep. The quality of this sleep is often poor, it disrupts your biological clock and can involve health risks.
  4. If you can’t sleep, get up and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy again.
  5. After partying: restore your sleep rhythm as quickly as possible.

A cool, ventilated, dark and quiet room ensures that you sleep better. So leave your window open, close the curtains and put a sleep mask and earplugs ready so that you only have to brush your teeth when you get home. If you can’t sleep, get up and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy again.

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Unity is a Dutch drug education project. We are trained volunteers, recruited from the dance scene, to educate our fellow party goers about the risks of alcohol and other drugs. Our aim is to reduce harm caused by the use of alcohol and other drugs. Unity volunteers answer questions in an open minded and objective way, being credible to party goers because we are their peers. Celebrate Safe and Unity joined hands in spreading their message across a much larger part of the nightlife community.

Unity: Think for yourself, care about others

Check the agenda on the homepage for our events!

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Celebrate Safe§


Celebrate Safe is an event industry wide campaign. Already supported by over 100 organizers, events and clubs in the Netherlands.

To the Celebrate Safe partners, their visitor’s health and safety are of utmost importance. Extensive partying comes with certain risks and Celebrate Safe is a platform that provides tips and reliable information about reducing these risks.


E-mail: info@celebratesafe.nl

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Unity & Celebrate Safe tips for ADE§


  1. Using alcohol or other drugs is never without risk

If you choose to use alcohol or other drugs, please do so responsibly and consciously. You should be aware that certain things, like the potency of drugs, can differ from what you’re used to in your own country.
Please inform yourself well.

  1. I love my ears

Be gentle to your ears. Don’t stand too close to the speakers, give your ears a break once in a while and wear earplugs at all times (I love my ears – in Dutch).

  1. Think for yourself, care about others

Please take care of yourself, watch out for each other, and know that you can find help all around you. If you see someone who needs medical attention or just a helping hand, keep the positive vibe alive and be a friend to a friend in need.

  1. Pace yourself: eat, sleep, rave

Take your time to recharge and make sure to get enough sleep. Treat yourself to some healthy foods to resupply your energy levels. If you’re thirsty, drink water, but… keep in mind that drinking too much water is dangerous too. If you’re on ecstasy, stick to a maximum of two glasses per hour.

  1. Don’t push your limits. Be responsible

Celebrate, dance, be wild, but within your own limits.

  1. Be prepared for any type of weather

Be prepared for Dutch weather. You may leave your hotel wearing your sunnies in the morning, but by the afternoon it can well be pouring down rain.

  1. Take your time to chill

Are you partying in a hot and humid area? Please prevent overheating by taking a break from dancing once in a while.

  1. Always have safe sex

Not going home alone? Made a new friend, did you? Good for you but stay smart and be wary of taking strangers back to your home or hotel room.
Make sure a friend knows who you’re with and where you are and always, always use condoms.

  1. The First Aid is your friend

If you or one of your friends is not feeling well, don’t be afraid to go, or ask for the First Aid. The people there are professionals and everything you tell them is confidential. If you are not at an event. Call 112!
You will not get fined or arrested for drugs use.

  1. Don’t drink, drug and drive. You’re a big risk to yourself and others

It’s a bicycle jungle out there! And then there are tram tracks your bike can get stuck into. Be careful & stay focused!

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