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Alcohol and other drugs are prevalent in many different aspects of our lives. Of the people that choose to use drugs, some will use regularly while others will use occasionally at one-off events.

If you're an event organiser, there are many different things you can do to prevent drug harm at your event. This involves both prevention measures to stop drugs being brought into your event, as well as harm reduction measures to prevent medical incidents during the event.

In order to prevent problems and keep patrons safe, it’s best to use a suite of approaches to address the issue from as many different angles as possible.

We've put together a step by step guide to build a drug management plan to walk you through everything you need to think about when developing your harm reduction approach.

We partnered with industry professionals, Hato Hone St. John, Te Hiringa Hauora, and KnowYourStuffNZ to develop this toolkit.

Parties, festivals and gigs can be exciting and overwhelming places. If you’re planning to use alcohol or other drugs at an event, there are things you can do to stay safer.

Check out The Level to read more


Drug checking helps you find out what's really in the drugs you're planning to take, so you can make informed decisions. It's one of the best ways to stay safer if you're planning to use drugs. Drug checking services are often at large events and festivals.

Head to the calendar on The Level to find out where to get your drugs checked.

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We work alongside organisations that support people having challenging drug experiences at events, including Hato Hone St. John, Deepspace and Psycare.

Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora

These resources have been created for event organisers, by event organisers. They were commissioned by Health Promotion, Health New Zealand -Te Whatu Ora, and the NZ Drug Foundation helped the working group share their expertise. Much thanks and appreciation to those who've contributed.

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