On June 21st, a 24-year old passed away from an MDMA-related overdose at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas (link). From June 29th – July 1st, there were two incident involving young adults who used a bad batch of MDMA at rave events held in Ottawa (link). It’s a tragedy to lose these young people.
This reminds us that more harm reduction work is needed around the use of MDMA. Some key messages to share include:
Before you use
• Always use with buddy (who won’t be tripping)
• Know your dealer
• Go slow because you can never be sure of what’s in your drugs
• Use in a safe place
• Plan what you’ll do in an emergency situation
In an over-amped / overdose situation
• Move the person to a quiet and calm location
• Have the person drink some water
• If the person is unresponsive, or if at any point you feel uncomfortable with the situation, call 9-1-1. An overdose situation is a medical emergency that needs to be treated by medical professionals.
To learn more about MDMA and harm reduction tips, you may want to check out the following links: DanseSafe, TRIP Project Toronto, and BC’s Ecstasy Alert.