For many people, Rave culture is often seen as synonymous with substance use or experimentation. Whether seen as positive or a negative, it is true that social drug use (particularly, types referred to as “party drugs”) has had a long history within the many movements of electronic music from disco to raves to huge festivals like Burning Man.
We at Rave Circus want to remind you that mind-altering substances are absolutely NOT required to enjoy these events and we celebrate you in choosing to party clean and sober. If, however, you choose to explore or experiment with psychoactive substances, Rave Circus is also a safe space of support and non-judgement. It is with that in mind that we offer you these Harm Reduction Resources.
*Disclaimer: Please note that the author of the following blog post is not a doctor or medical provider and all opinions given are the author’s own. Any information or resources mentioned are provided for informational purposes only and are not meant to be a substitute for medical, therapeutic, or legal advice. This author is not responsible for any errors or omissions contained in third-party links. Rave Circus does not condone illegal behavior and is not liable for any choices made or actions taken by individuals who may read this article or partake of the resources therein.
Please review this information carefully and consider your personal risk-profile. Be sure that you are making any and all choices with a sound mind and free from influence (including co-ercion).
Struggling to stay sober? Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
One of the most dangerous aspects of experimentation is lack of information, or having mis-information. We highly recommend taking the time to educate yourself well before trying anything new.
Tripsit offers 24/7 chat support and online information including a wiki
with a full list of 350 different substances, what they are, how they work, and their risk factors:
Also within the same website, this link has information on the safety concerns and side effects of mixing different substances:
DanceSafe is a Harm Reduction organization working directly with the rave and nightlife communities. An excellent resource substance education, consent and health and safety information
Test Before You Ingest! CDC information of Fentanyl Testing
This page is a living document and will continue to update as more information becomes readily available =)
We love you, play safe out there!