Amsterdam Pride 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 Amsterdam Pride experience.
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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!↑ 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
Wow, the weather in the Netherlands is fantastic at the moment, and the forecasts are just as good! It’s really important to be well prepared for a party during a heat wave. We’ve summed up the five most important do’s and don’ts below:
1) We lose a lot of water sweating when it’s this hot, especially when we’re dancing. Because of that, it’s very important to drink enough water.
However, if you’re using MDMA or Ecstasy, drinking too much water can be really dangerous. With these extreme temperatures it’s difficult to estimate how much water your body needs to stay hydrated, and how much could lead to water intoxification in combination with MDMA/Ecstacy. Therefore, in this heat, it’s best to simply not use MDMA/Ecstasy.
2) Take a break from dancing from time to time. Look for a cool and quiet spot and eat something. This wil help to recover your salt and energy levels.
3) If the sun is shining, please use enough sunscreen with a factor that matches your skin type. Repeat every couple of hours.
4) Don’t wear clothes that are too tight; it’s important that your body can ventilate in heat. A cap is a good protector from the sun, but not always the best choice because your head needs to release the warmth. A good alternative is to wet your cap to cool off your head.
5) Alcohol and drugs influence the temperature regulation and fluid balance in your body. Don’t push your boundaries, especially in this type of weather↑ 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 waterintoxication?↑ 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.
Read here everything about drug checking in the Netherlands.
Opening hours drug checking service in Amsterdam, open every week (for pills, powders, fluids)
|Monday||17.30-20.30||GGD, Valckenierstraat 4|
|Tuesday||17.30-20.30||GGD, 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|
There are some rules to drug checking:
Check out this video for more information on drug checking services in the Netherlands.↑ Back to menu↑ Back to top
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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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↑ Back to menu↑ Back to top
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.