It’s hard to believe that it is only two weeks until it is Sleaze time again. For many this means attending a range of parties and events around the long weekend period. For some it will also involve alcohol and other drug use.

As I have said many times, our community has always been a world leader in the way we respond to drug issues. Although our parties and major events are amongst the largest in the world they are also acknowledged as some of the safest. This year’s Mardi Gras season was extremely important to the future of our parties, and for the most part we did extremely well. The punters put a real effort into ensuring that everything ran smoothly. Events occurred without incident and people really made an effort to keep themselves nice. That slogan Keep Yourself Nice -“ Play Safe was the tagline for Toybox, but was used for all events and proved very successful. We’re hoping that it will be used again for the Sleaze party and all the other events that take place over the weekend.

Keep Yourself Nice -“ Play Safe is based around three safety tips. They are as follows:

1. Be prepared. If you know that you’re going to have a big couple of days partying, get yourself both mentally and physically prepared for that time. In the week prior, eat well -“ lots of fruits and vegetables is a great way to start, and on the day try to eat a meal full of carbohydrates to give you energy for the time ahead (a plate of pasta is a good option). Get lots of rest. Take the time to give your body a little pampering before the onslaught -“ this will also assist you to be mentally prepared.

2. Buddy up. This means to stick closely with someone you trust when you go out partying just in case things go wrong. It would be preferred if this person was not intoxicated but this is not always possible, so the message is stay with a friend and look after each other.

3. Get help. If something goes wrong, seek medical assistance immediately. This is a message which has been taken up by our community over the years, mainly due to the amazing work done by teams of medical volunteers who have given up their time to make sure that party patrons are as safe as possible. Medical teams have long been a part of our parties and hopefully will remain so for many years.

With just over a week to go to one of the biggest weekends of the year, have a Happy Sleaze!

Remember: if you do not want any negative consequences, do not use the drug and, no matter how many times you have used a substance, never be blas?/p>

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