Partying 101

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Partying

Dakota Bear
Vancouver, British Columbia

Tips & Tricks

Harm Reduction

Drugs
If you are going to do drugs, think about how to be safe when consuming. 

  • Have a buddy or minder if you are experimenting with new drugs or higher doses.
  • If it's your first time using or a new stash, try a very small amount at first to test the strength before doing your regular amount. Strengths can vary between batches. 
  • NEVER use alone. Have a safety plan.
  • Don’t accept drugs from people you don’t know.
  • How long does the effect of a drug take to kick in? How long does it last?


Harm Reduction

Alcohol

  • NEVER lay your drink down, no matter where you are. Even at a friends house party someone could slip something in there.
  • Limit your drinking, don't drink your life away. 
  • Enjoy your time, you don’t need to drink until you black out or are out of control.
  • Drink water or non-alcoholic beverages ideally on a 1:1 basis for alcoholic drinks.
  • Elevate the non-booze game by bringing a non-alcoholic beverage that is appealing and delicious. One favourite is juice (ideally mango) and soda water. 

Party With People You Know

Always go to a party of bar with someone you know. Make a plan ahead of time so that if you or your friend want to leave you leave together or have a plan that makes sure you are both safe. 
Never go somewhere alone with a stranger, no matter how nice they might seem. 

Location

Know where you are in relation to where you are living. Especially if you are party or bar hopping. Google Maps can help you know where you are in relation to where you are living. 

SEX

You never know who you may meet or what might happen, but it is ALWAYS better to be prepared. No matter is you are a girl or a guy, have condoms on you. The health clinic or sexual health clinic at your school may have some for free, or you may have to buy them. Too embarrassed to go to the local pharmacy? You can buy them online and they are shipped to you discreetly.

Straight Edge 

Straight Edge is a term often associated with people who choose to stay away from drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Originally it was closely related to the Punk scene, but the concept and term has made its way into mainstream, meaning you do not have to be Punk to be Straight Edge.

Tools & Resources

Consent is Mandatory, Sex is Optional

Just because you might have said yes to the original offer of sex does not mean you have to go through with it. If at any point you are feeling uncomfortable you have the right to say no, and the person HAS to stop whatever they were doing. Even if they say things to make you feel guilty or blame you (both are emotional abuse), you still have the right to say no and walk away. 

Websites and videos that might help:

Tea Consent

Brochure: Respect Sexual Consent


This is a US website but it explains Rape and Sexual Assault well:
Rape and Sexual Assault

If you have been assaulted or have questions: Canadian Crisis Helplines.



Drugs

The Drug Awareness Chart is a reference tool on today's most common substances and new trends. The purpose of this Chart is to inform our partners and the public about the main substances used with their effects and consequences, various consumption methods, visible signs and symptoms, legal status, etc. It also contains prevention messages and references to resources.

If you are going to do drugs, you should know what the consequences might be.

RCMP Drug Awareness Chart

Support Programs

If you are struggling with addiction or know someone who is and you find yourself in need of support contact Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous

Check with your community, they may have their own website dedicated to their own meetings and public resources.

Meetings are not just for addicts, some meetings are open to the public. 

App: Be Safe 

Canadian youth created app to improve access to and coordination of mental health and addictions services for children, youth and families.
The app:
-Allows users to create a digital safety plan.

-Informs users about mental health and addiction resources in their local community.

-Directs users to the best options for their needs through a decision-making aid.

-Creates a personal 'get help script' that helps users find the words to reach out.

-Empowers the user to reach out safely.
Apple iOS Be Safe

Android Be Safe