How Do We Stop Drug Deaths at Music Festivals?

Mar 16, 2017

2:00pm – 3:00pm CT

Stopping young people from dying of drug-related causes at music festivals isn’t an easy subject for event organizers to talk about. The historic approach of taking a prohibitionist attitude towards substance abuse, coupled with punitive legislation simply hasn’t worked. A grassroots community of harm reduction experts believes the only way forward is to stop looking at drug use as a criminal justice issue and instead to tackle it as a public health concern. The panel will talk about the challenges festivals face, and offer practical advice for both organizers and attendees looking to make festivals as safe as possible. #partysafer

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Stefanie Jones

Drug Policy Alliance

Joseph Pred

Mutual Aid Risk & Safety

Missi Wooldridge

Healthy Nightlife LLC

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