In what is being considered a first on the clubbing scene in the capital, District 8 have recently added posters at its venue offering support for those who take narcotics on nights out.
Echoing movements from clubs and festivals across Britain, the posters advise patrons of the help and advice that is available to them should they be negatively impacted by drug use.
The posters are careful not to promote the use of narcotics, with the first line of the poster clearly stating that “District 8 does not condone drug taking”, but rather details that if drugs are taken, there is a medic on site and staff should be informed.
Dotted around the venue on Francis Street, the posters also clarify that medics and staff “are there to help – not judge”.
The posters have been praised on social media by the general public, especially as they also give detail on a drug called ‘PMA’ that can be frequently mis-sold as the more common MDMA, or Ecstasy, and can have negative effects.
So good to see district 8 being probably the first place in Dublin to do something like this pic.twitter.com/pelxJI9GdQ
— Hannah Mc Guinness (@GuinnessHannah) October 11, 2018
According to the 2017 European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction report on drug use in Ireland, some 4.4% of young adults in Ireland use MDMA, while 0.6% use amphetamines.
In a 2017 report by the EU’s police and drug agencies, it was found that Irish people are a huge buyer of hallucinogens on ‘the dark web’, the difficult to access underside of the internet that is especially popular for illegal or criminal activities.
A 2016 report also found that the use of psychoactive drugs in Ireland among the 15-24-year age group is the highest in Europe.