|No big open air festival is complete without that stand where you can get information about almost every drug known by the western world, support in emergency situations caused by them and even much more. All these ‘party projects’ have in common that they pursue an acceptance- orientated approach. So they don’t urge you to be completely abstinent with a wagging finger but rather want to educate you into the direction of responsible, mature consumption. They also try to optimize the famous set and setting, the environmental conditions, to reduce the risk that emerges from consumption anyway.
A perfect example for this kind of philosophy is the ‘Safer Sniff’ campaign: Instead of advising not to consume anything at all, small sheets of paper are distributed so that those who not are averse to certain powders can roll their own snout and won’t infect themselves with transmissible diseases via the mucous membrane of their noses. Beside objective and recent information about drugs and their consumption, the information stands mostly offer a lot of useful, harm-reducing gimmicks, from a simple glass of water to ear protection to gratis condoms. Some even provide a real ‘Psychedelic Ambulance’ which is professional mental support for those who got lost in their own consciousness. The testing of substances on-location is a difficult topic that depends strongly from (local) politics, the organisations and their connections. Many offer colour-tests, but they only deliver information about if a certain substance is included or not. They don’t tell anything about amounts or any extenders. Of course it is possible to check a substance for those factors, too- but only in connection with much bigger efforts and coasts, which can be offered on-location by only very few projects.