RISK AND HARM REDUCTION PROGRAM IN NIGHTLIFE

The PAF Party Attention Project! since 2017, it has been carrying out interventions to reduce risks and harm of substance use in nightlife areas such as electronic parties, music festivals and public spaces.

Our team, with more than 30 volunteers, promotes care practices, reducing risks associated with substance use and offering friendly orientation spaces.

Our interventions in different parts of the country, offer free access for thousands of people to:

  • Objective, reliable and useful information
  • Orientation, accompaniments and referral
  • Recovery space
  • Mineral water, condoms, fruits and treats

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Harm reduction policies seek to improve the adverse health, social or economic consequences of substances that alter the mood without necessarily requiring the reduction of consumption of such substances.

It assumes that it is idealistic to think of a drug-free world and that it is necessary to be able to live with them, in a more realistic and pragmatic way.

This definition indicates that DRR points to the consequences of drug use rather than its causes, that is, it does not intend to reduce the consumption (as the main and only objective) of drugs, but rather the damages that consumption entails. The abstentionist conception does not contemplate the possibility of harm reduction and is an idealistic conception (“all or nothing”), since it is clear that not all users can stop consuming from one day to the next (and perhaps not only not they can but they don’t want to). However, it contemplates abstentionism as a possibility, but not the only goal to be aspired to.

A second objective that arises from this strategy is the putting in contact of the user with the assistance network, going to the land where the user is and consumes and not waiting for him to consult.

These types of strategies began to be developed in northern Europe in the 1980s due to the failure of drug-free programs and especially in relation to the use of heroin parenterally. They have also been developed in different events where young people come who tend to consume, among them, electronic music parties. There are more than 30 non-governmental organizations around the planet that carry out field interventions to perform psychoeducation, awareness, control and testing of substances (to detect adulterated forms) and approach to the health system.

The DRR policy is increasingly reaching all over the world. Some of the pioneer countries were Great Britain, Holland, Canada, Australia and then countries such as Spain, Brazil and Argentina, among others. The reduction of damages is a new paradgima against the poor results of other strategies and is gradually becoming the new discourse of specialists. It is a priority to internalize health personnel about this type of vision to achieve a reformulation of the “drugs” phenomenon and a greater understanding of this problem.

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