Bristol Nights is taking a pioneering, public health approach to embed Harm Reduction into the heart of our night time economy. We believe in practical, judgement-free solutions to lower the risks surrounding drugs and alcohol. This unified approach prioritises safety for audiences with one joined-up strategy for the city.
A harm reduction stance does not mean antisocial or criminal behaviour is acceptable. Harm reduction empowers our businesses to adopt policy centred on welfare and safety and helps our audiences to access support and accurate advice.
We have produced a number of resources with the aim to help create positive policy change and to create a safer environment for our night time audiences.
Our coordinated approach to harm reduction is to communicate a clear policy to unite our venues, festivals, universities, promoters, the police and the council in one joined up strategy. Our primary responsibility is to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of audiences. The practical solutions behind this work aims to minimise the risk of alcohol and other substances, save lives, and take a big step to establish harm reduction as a key principle across all nightlife businessesDownload resources
This guide shows you how to embed harm reduction into your nightlife space, with a step by step approach to implementing training as a team and designing for safety into your working practices.
This document considers the legal landscape and sets out a framework to move away from a zero tolerance approach, towards embedding harm reduction as a founding principle of the night time economy.
Do you know the signs of a drug related emergency?
Harm reduction strategies can reduce the risks associated with taking drugs and drinking alcohol but cannot remove them completely. A drug-related emergency might be affecting someone’s physical health, or it might affect their mental health. Both should be taken seriously.
Someone’s health might be affected if they have a bad reaction to a drug or alcohol, they have taken different drugs at the same time, they have taken too much of a drug, the drugs they have taken have brought on or made an existing health condition worse, or they have injured themselves whilst under the influence.
You may need to do different things to help someone, depending on their appearance and behaviour.