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Amsterdam Pride 2019§

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.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate and send us an email:

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 market§

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)

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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.

Read here everything about drug checking in the Netherlands.

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

When Time Where
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:

  • 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

Check out (in Dutch) for opening hours in other cities.

Check out this video for more information on drug checking services in the Netherlands.

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Partying during a heat wave§

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 seven most important do’s and don’ts below:

  1. Use sunscreen! If the sun is shining, please use enough sunscreen with a factor that matches your skin type. Repeat every couple of hours.
  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. Wear ventilated clothing. 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.
  4. Drink enough water, but not too much… 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.
  5. Know your limits. Alcohol and drugs influence the temperature regulation and fluid balance in your body. Don’t push your boundaries, especially in this type of weather
  6. The First Aid is your friend. Please go to the first aid if you’re not feeling well, the social workers there are your best friends.
  7. Party during the day. Are you camping? Heat and sleep is not a good combination. So go partying during the day and go to bed on time. Practice proper sleep hygiene: bring earplugs, wear a sleepmask (you can get one at the Unitystand), and put your tent in the shade.
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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.

Unity video: What is a waterintoxication?

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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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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, 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).

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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!


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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:


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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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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§


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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