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 a bit.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!↑ Back to menu↑ Back to top
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, truffels). 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).↑ Back to menu↑ Back to top
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!
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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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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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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.↑ Back to menu↑ Back to top
In the Netherlands, drugs can be a lot more potent than drugs in your own country.
High dosed ecstasy tablets:
There are some dangerously high dosed Ecstasy tablets in circulation. Make sure to keep this in mind, get your drugs tested and adjust your dosage.
Less is more
Taking a high dose will 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.
That does not sound like a lot of fun, but why is it dangerous?
The use of high-dosed ecstasy is dangerous. It increases the risk of overdose (also known as ecstasy-intoxication or serotonin syndrome), which can lead to overheating, acute psychotic symptoms, arrhythmia’s and liver failure. It can even occur with possible 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 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. Think off 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, phone 112. Never leave a person alone who feels unwell.
Read everything we know so far about this NPS: 4-FA / 4-fmp.↑ Back to menu↑ Back to top
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.
Unity video: What is a water intoxication?↑ Back to menu↑ Back to top
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.
During Amsterdam Dance Event, the local health services of Amsterdam – Jellinek and GGD Amsterdam – offer the possibility to get a pill quick-test at the Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 38 (near Leidseplein), in addition to the regular drug checking facilities at Jacob Obrechtstraat and Valckenierstraat
A pill quick-test means, that a small amount off your pill is scraped of to do a colour test. You get the rest of your pill back. Next the pill is measured and then compared to the list of pills that have been tested in the lab. If your pill is on the list, you immediately get the results. If your pill is NOT on the list, at the Eerste Constantijn Huygenstraat there is NO possibility to send the pill to the laboratory for a full analysis. At the regular locations at Valckenierstraat and Jacob Obrechtstraat, both the quick test AND the full lab analysis are offered. It takes at least 1 week to get the results from a lab analysis.
Click here to read everything about drug checking in the Netherlands.
Extra opening hours during ADE, pills only
|Wednesday, 18 October||17.00-21.00||Mentrum (Jellinek), 1e Constantijn Huygensstraat 38|
|Thursday, 19 October||17.00-21.00||Mentrum (Jellinek), 1e Constantijn Huygensstraat 38|
|Friday, 20 October||17.00-21.00||Mentrum (Jellinek), 1e Constantijn Huygensstraat 38|
|Saturday, 21 October||17.00-21.00||Mentrum (Jellinek), 1e Constantijn Huygensstraat 38|
Regular opening hours drug checking service in Amsterdam, open every week (for pills, powders, fluids)
|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|
There are some rules to drug checking:
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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MDMA has never been so plentiful and more and more people are using it. In many countries high purity MDMA crystal now competes with high dose MDMA pills. In most cases people taking the drug just have a good time, but sadly not always. Just under 1% of ecstasy users worldwide sought emergency treatment following the use of pills and powders sold as MDMA in the previous 12 months (Global Drug Survey 2016). While drug checking has a role to play, just knowing what’s in your pill or powder does not make it safe. What moderates the risk of harm more than anything else is the way it’s used.
In this Unity college’s Guy Jones (The Loop / Kosmicaid UK) will address the acute risks of MDMA use. How dangerous is MDMA use really? And what can you do to prevent those risks. In his talk he will address the acute risks of MDMA use and offer practical harm reduction tips.
Expert Harm Reduction panel
For the panel session Unity has invited experts from the harm reduction, drug checking and drug policy field, as well as a medical director and an event organiser to discuss and answer all your questions related to the risks of taking illegal substances and ways to reduce harm.
Other than keeping a close eye on your mates and getting help if you are worried, there are things you can do that would make a huge difference to most people. It isn’t rocket science – harm reduction rarely is!
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
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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.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
Celebrate, dance, be wild, but within your own limits.
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.
Are you partying in a hot and humid area? Please prevent overheating by taking a break from dancing once in a while.
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.
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.
It’s a bicycle jungle out there! And then there are tram tracks your bike can get stuck into. Be careful & stay focused!