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Going wrong well. First aid on large-scale dance events
D. de Bruin, N. Maalsté, G. van de Wijngaart
Utrecht: Centrum voor Verslavingsonderzoek, 1999
isbn 90-71772-27-6 . . € 30
Large-scale dance events are supposed to be high risk settings for drug related casualties. During fieldwork of this study, visitors of large-scale dance events had the opportunity to let their dance drugs - mainly ecstasy and amphetamines - being tested on the spot. Dance drugs test results at large-scale dance events were related to logs of first aid stations at the concerned large-scale dance events. Besides patients and staff members of first aid stations were interviewed in-depth about their experiences. Finally, systematical observations were carried out at first aid stations at large-scale dance events. Only little over one percent of all visitors ever ended up at first aid stations of large-scale dance events. Most victims reported minor complaints like headaches, stomachaches and twisted limbs. Very few victims eventually ended up in hospitals. First aid station cases reportedly seem to be subordinate to the kind of party. On hardcore parties more people ended up at first aid stations than on mellow parties. Besides, first aid station cases reportedly seem to be related to the quality of drugs at the parties concerned: the more polluted ecstasy and amphetamine market, the more victims at large-scale dance events.