e-prevention and risk reduction in festive environments
Know more, risk less
Coke, MD, meph, 4-MEC, Crystal, GHB, hero, weed, blotter, K, Angel dust… All these modestly so-called “recreational” drugs have a significant impact on your health, both physical and mental, in the short and long term. It doesn’t matter if you do lines, snort them, parachute and swallow them, slap them or “plug” them: all these methods involve risks.
When you do lines and you snort, you damage your nasal walls. When you swallow or you “plug” them, you weaken your mucous membranes. When you inject them, you can cause frequent abscesses at the point of injection
No matter how you take chems, drugs can lead you not to protect yourself or your partner. Under the influence of drugs, you are much more likely to get sexually transmitted infections, HIV or hepatitis
Your level of consciousness is in all cases altered and, sometimes, so altered that you risk losing all sensitivity to pain during SM practices and being injured. If you’re into FF, you risk blowing your rectal mucosa or rectosigmoid hinge and ending up with a temporary artificial anus. During chemsex, you risk suffering a pulmonary embolism. In case of overconsumption, an overdose can lead to a coma, or even cause your death by overdose
With each dose, chems will damage certain organs always a little more, causing, for example, diseases of the liver, kidneys, nervous system, or early death of neurons.
Share your material you will not…
When doing a line or “slamming,” do not share nor reuse your material with other people (including straws, water, filters, cottons, spoons, tourniquets…).
All drugs can make you dependent, that is, you will no longer be able to fuck without them or to cope with everyday life. This phenomenon varies in intensity and speed depending on the drugs but also according to the frequency of your use.
Some helpful tips
If you want more information or if you want to stop using drugs, there is a service to help you: droguesinfoservice.fr gives you free answers, advice and guidance by chat or by phone (0 800 23 13 13 13). A directory of addictology consultations is also available on their website in the Useful contacts section. Don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your drug use: they can inform you about the risks you are taking, depending on your situation and treatments, but also invite you to change to a treatment with a lower risk of interactions.
A risk to your mental health: Temporary or long-term mental disorders are caused by drugs. They appear first at the time of use or shortly afterwards: mood changes, anxiety and panic attacks, loss of self-control, behavioural disorders, delusions, psychotic episodes, personality disorders, paranoia… If you “consume” too frequently, these disorders can become long-term and lead to serious psychiatric disorders: chronic depression, psychosis, paranoia or schizophrenia.
A risk to your social life: This risk may be temporary or long-lasting depending on the amount consumed and the level of dependence. It includes: isolation, marginalisation, social exclusion, professional (or academic) failure, violence or accidents.
The phenomenon of “slamming” refers to drug injection practices in a sexual context. Increasingly widespread in the gay community, this practice increases sexual risk-taking, exposing you to different sexually transmitted infections (including HIV). When you inject a product, you can cause abscesses at the point of injection (sex or arms, in particular) or become infected more easily with hepatitis C.
These are, among other things, indications that it is time to consult a doctor about your drug use.