Secucities Drugs Project, 1999: ‘Favouring consistency and efficiency regarding social and sanitary intervention of all public and private parties involved in the organisation of large gatherings.’
Background: the project was carried out with support from the European Commission and the MILDT (Mission Interministerielle de Lutte contre la Drogue et la Toxicomanie) and was built on the basis of the following 4 conclusions:
1) There were no European multidisciplinary organisations that confronted sometimes dangerous events specifically on their health issues.
2) There was a strong demand from festivity organisers as well as disco owners for support from all partners involved (elected officials, police, justice, social actors, leisure professionals).
3) Synthetic drugs (i.e. leisure drugs) have become ‘commonplace’ among youth associated with this sort of gathering. This prevalence accentuates the risk factor, which makes it more important to restate a prevention message on the site of the event itself.
4) Preventive measures and information on the dangers of synthetic drugs are rarely found at the heart of techno events. It is extremely difficult for prevention professionals to introduce themselves into the craze where young people take part in the pleasure of transgression.
– to promote constructive communication between all European parties concerned with the organisation of large-scale events (raves, concerts, discos, techno parades): elected representatives, police, disc jockeys, professionals of these festive gatherings. The prevention of drug addiction is a priority, which is appropriate for a public particularly vulnerable during these manifestations,
– to promote a guide for all cities interested in addressing this type of event in a positive manner,
– to advise professionals of both the public and private sectors,
– to put into operation new measures for the organisation of these events, to experiment with new tools and new forms of information for this public target and
– to favour the coherence and efficiency of clean and socially acceptable operations.
A website was created for the project to spread up-to-date information and encourage steps for better practices in Europe.
There were ten partner cities (from 7 European member states): Antwerp, Berlin, Barcelona, Ibiza, Lisbon, Mons, La Rochelle, London, Edinburgh, Vienna.
The conclusions of the project can be found in the Efus publication: Organising safety and social-sanitary prevention during large musical events, 2000.