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Boomtown on Drugs: A Harm Reduction Story…

Boomtown has created a short 15 minute documentary candidly discussing the dangers of drugs and openly addressing the issues drugs can cause at the festival, as well as in wider society.  In addition to enforcing legislation, this year Boomtown ‘put their head above the parapet’ and led a major drug awareness and safety drive, implementing a variety of harm reduction, education and awareness measures to inform and safeguard those in attendance.

“It feels like a huge evolution in the festival world, all of a sudden things are stepping up and we’re progressing… We’d like to use the festival platform to introduce these new harm reduction services and ways of bringing public safety and education towards drugs (to the forefront).” Lak Mitchell, Co-founder and Creative Director, Boomtown

Along with representatives from Boomtown, the documentary features a wide range of opinions and experiences from experts and influencers, including; Professor Fiona Measham, Director of harm reduction drug testing service The Loop, Director of Chill Welfare Katy Mcloud, Ed Morrow from Royal Society of Public Health England, as well as musician and key spokesman for Boomtown’s harm reduction campaign, Beans on Toast.

“In the UK drug related deaths are at at their highest rates on record, ever. This isn’t just a problem for Boomtown or just for festivals, this is  the situation right across the country.” – Fiona Measham, The Loop

However, the most powerful and poignant voices in this open and, on occasion, painfully honest film are that of Ellie Rowe’s family. Ellie Rowe, 18,  died at the festival in 2013 after mixing a small amount of alcohol with a small amount of high purity Ketamine. Ellie’s mum, Wendy Teasdill, along with her sisters, Iona and Belinda Rowe and Ellie’s Godmother, Saskia Kent, all returned to give a talk in the festival’s Speakers’ Corner tent for the second year running.   They expressed their support for the services and measures implemented at Boomtown, significantly The Loop’s drug testing and harm reduction intervention service:

‘We don’t know what we don’t know; Ellie didn’t know how strong that ketamine was, she didn’t know that the ketamine and the alcohol was a possible lethal combination…’ Wendy Teasdill

Along with the services provided by The Loop, which saw 1,132 service users get their drugs tested for safety, and over 2,000 individuals engaging with the harm reduction intervention, Boomtown also implemented a series of other drug awareness and harm reduction measures, on top of their extensive medical and welfare provisions. These included;

  • Pre-event awareness and education campaign along with drugs safety fact sheet on the festival website: www.boomtownfair.co.uk/info/drugs-and-safety/

  • Trained drug workers and welfare staff roaming campsites offering advice.

  • Amnesty areas at the entrance

  • Thorough security searches

  • Support services on site

“People accept that rates of drug use are going up and the approach that we’ve had; that’s for years centred around prohibition, centred around enforcement, is not working in terms of reducing harm.”Ed Morrow, Royal Society of Public Health England.

The wide-ranging measures put in place to keep drugs out of the festival as well as to keep people safe and aware, had many positive effects to the festival environment; following the harm reduction intervention from The Loop, 44% of customers said they would reduce their dose or discard their drugs and the festival as a whole saw a 25% reduction in drug related medical incidents.

Boomtown are committed to spreading awareness and education on the dangers that drug experimentation can pose. This short film sums up all the effort that goes into to keeping people safe and providing them with the tools to make informed and educated decisions.


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Warning!!! If youre planning on driving to the fair this year parking passes will be taken off sale on 22nd June!

Head to the Vehicle and Campsites section on the ticket page to purchase one and make sure your postal details are correct in your TheTicketSellers.co.uk account.  The passes will be posted out in early July.

If youre looking to fill up your car or if you need a ride then head on over to: http://gocarshare.com/festival/boomtown

If you dont fancy being designated driver, dont forget that every ticket holder can still choose to come on the coach, there are still tickets left from over 50 locations! 

Find them on the ticket page here: https://ww2.theticketsellers.co.uk/boomtown-2018-10045096/

 

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If you cant quite wait until the Paradise Heights Soca Street Party on the Sunday of the fair with Jus Now and Just Vibez, powered by the mighty Electrikal Sound System - Our main music man Kaptin aka AAA Badboy has harnessed all the  Carnival vibes to see you through in this sunshine filled mix...

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9 thoughts on “Boomtown Fair news: Boomtown on Drugs: A Harm Reduction Story…

    Kath Lindsay

    (December 20, 2017 - 1:07 pm)

    It was brilliant…. i hung out at the Loop testing area finding out what they were doing…. thought it was a great idea for harm reduction

    Danny Shipsides

    (December 20, 2017 - 1:14 pm)

    Well done Boomtown. Great work.

    Abbi Abrams

    (December 20, 2017 - 1:15 pm)

    Daniel Rose this was your idea about 7 years ago. Didn’t you actually talk to Boomtown about it? Reckon they mugged your idea off 😂

    Elliot Stott

    (December 20, 2017 - 1:15 pm)

    Having security backed up by police raiding camps Yh that’s a very ‘all encompassing approach’ 😕

    Steve Wrighty

    (December 20, 2017 - 1:16 pm)

    Well done Boomtown, I hope all other festivals follow suit

    Georgie Green

    (December 20, 2017 - 1:17 pm)

    Fantastic show of responsibility by the festival organisers. Huge ✋Boomtown was absolutely brilliant last year and we can’t wait to return next year! X

    Elliee Chapman

    (December 20, 2017 - 1:20 pm)

    Thank you for being a safe and accepting place boomtown 😍😍

    Ellie Roxburgh

    (December 20, 2017 - 1:23 pm)

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    (December 20, 2017 - 1:25 pm)

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