Keeping party-safe for Halloween
DNA Presents brings you this update from Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Police Services.
October 29, 2015

Ottawa – Ottawa Public Health (OPH), in partnership with Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, and the Ottawa Hospital, are encouraging residents to stay safe while celebrating Halloween this weekend.

Every year on Halloween, Ottawa sees a spike of alcohol and drug-related emergency room visits. Excessive alcohol and drug use can lead to falls, increased violence and potentially dangerous alcohol intoxication. In addition, there is an increased risk of alcohol and drug-facilitated sexual assaults.

There has been a recent increase in Ottawa of reports of adulterated MDMA (also known as Molly or Ecstasy), which are actually a type of bath salts. As well, there have also been recent incidents with magic mushrooms causing unusually strong hallucinogenic reactions. Use of illegal drugs, such as MDMA, can have life threatening and potentially fatal consequences. MDMA is made up of many different chemicals, the most common one being methamphetamine. The exact strength and ingredients of each pill are always unknown. This makes it difficult to determine the most effective medical treatments for the unexpected side effects.

To help plan your evening and to stay safe:

Don’t mix alcohol and drugs.
Before heading out, create a safety plan.
Find out more about Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.
Fuel your body with food, not just alcohol, and stay hydrated with water between drinks.
Avoid taking drugs. If you choose to take them, remember where and from whom you got them in case a follow-up is needed.
Plan your travel home with a designated driver or alternate ride. If you are walking, be sure you are easily visible to drivers and that you follow the rules of the road.
If you feel unsafe or unwell, seek help immediately from people you know. Call 911 if someone shows personality changes, is unable to walk, or has a change in their level of consciousness.
For additional information, visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca and Parenting in Ottawa, or call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). Connect with OPH on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr.

 

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December 23, 2014


On behalf of Ottawa Police Services, Ottawa Paramedic Services and Ottawa Public Health, stay safe this Holiday Break.
Remember to Keep It Classy – start and end the night in style


Avoid using MDMA. If you choose to use or know someone who does:
• Don’t mix with alcohol or combine with other drugs
• Take frequent breaks
• Remember your source
• Drink a bottle of water every hour if you are active and half a bottle if you are not
• Make sure you are always with friends
• If you feel unwell, talk to security staff or paramedics


The Ottawa Police Service would like to remind members of the public that the use of illegal drugs such as MDMA can have life threatening and potentially fatal consequences.


‘Ecstasy’ (MDMA) and ‘Molly’ are produced by organised crime groups or individuals with profit margin in mind. The drugs aren’t produced in sanitary labs, and are often times made up of a variety of chemicals, rarely known to the user or dealer. You truly don’t know what you are taking at any time, and is likely different from what you may have taken in the past.
Don’t base your expectations of MDMA on what you or your friends experienced before. It’s easier than you think to overdose. Ottawa Paramedic Service is there to help you. But there are side effects that may have a permanent impact, such as memory loss, seizures, brain damage, heart problems and death.

 

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MDMA (Molly, “M”, “E”) ALERT!
DNA Presents brings you this update from Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Police Services.


The Ottawa Police Service would like to remind members of the public, particularly the youth and student population, that the use of illegal drugs such as MDMA can have life threatening and potentially fatal consequences.
MDMA is made up of many different chemicals, the most common one being methamphetamine. You truly don’t know what you are taking. Each pill is different from the next and is different from what you may have taken in the past. 

Ottawa Public Health MDMA can cause problems with regulating body temperature, especially when in active, hot settings like dance parties…which can cause liver, kidney, or heart failure – or even death.


The safest way to have a good time is to avoid using MDMA. If you choose to use or know someone who does:

• Don’t mix with alcohol or combine with other drugs
• Take frequent breaks
• Remember your source
• Drink a bottle of water every hour if you are active and half a bottle if you are not
• Make sure you are always with friends
• If you feel unwell, talk to staff, security, or paramedics


http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/mdma-ecstasy-or-molly

 

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For more than 2 years, DNA Presents has presented and produced music events that bring together thousands of people to celebrate music and life. We work hard to create innovative and immersive environments while also keeping our guests safe. Our safety and security plans are coordinated and refined with assistance from local authorities and from diverse experts. At our events, we monitor all aspects of the event while running and other matters to ensure the safety of all guests, staff and artists. DNA Presents has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs. We also rely on our guests to celebrate with us in a responsible manner. The minimum age for DNA Presents guests is 19 years old.

At DNA Presents events, we want you to dance, play and enjoy the music and the experience. But please take care of yourself and each other.

Guests at our events often enjoy vigorous physical activity including dancing and people will sometimes get sick from overheating and dehydration. Drinking lots of water has always been encouraged and is a good idea...But, be aware that drinking too much plain water may not be enough!

Some of the medical problems occurring at music events have been associated with low levels of electrolytes that are lost, along with water, when a person becomes dehydrated. Such low levels of electrolytes, especially salt, can lead to brain swelling, seizures, heart problems and even death.

Like athletes in sporting events, your body needs to replace the minerals AND the water it is losing in sweat. Sports drinks containing electrolytes (like Gatorade and Powerade) provide these essential electrolytes and should supplement the water you drink to rehydrate your body.

Drugs can make the low electrolyte level worse and increase your chances of harm. DNA Presents does not endorse or condone their use, but if you or someone around you has taken something that you are concerned about or need help, it is important that you tell our staff. We are here to help and never judge.

As part of our ongoing efforts to make your experience as safe and enjoyable as possible, DNA Presents will make electrolyte-supplemented rehydration drinks available to our guests. These drinks will also be available in our medical tents (where applicable) as part of our first-aid treatment. 

DNA Presents considers all of our music fans as guests and we work hard to provide an enjoyable and safe experience. Never hesitate to reach out to us with your questions or concerns. 

Celebrate, but Celebrate Safely!