Harm Reduction

Take a Smart Approach to Intoxicants.

Please be advised

that ALL LOCAL STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS APPLY at YOUtopia and may be enforced by law enforcement officers at the event. Responsible alcohol use is permitted for adults 21 and older. USE OR POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS MAY RESULT IN ARREST. Drugs, whether legal or illegal, can be dangerous on their own, and, like any city, YOUtopia is not immune to the dangers of intentional and unintentional assault involving drugs and alcohol. Given these realities, YOUtopia and its partners in health and safety, including law enforcement, believe in the importance of harm reduction when it comes to drugs and alcohol at our event.

Avoiding the Dangers

The highest priority of harm reduction is to mitigate the dangers of assault or accidental overdose. Even doses of drugs that are not physically dangerous, including legal prescriptions, can be psychologically harmful or overwhelming if taken unknowingly. Here are some important points to remember:

  • Bring your own water wherever you go.
  • If you feel yourself becoming ill, tell a friend what you’ve taken so they can share that information with medical personnel.
  • If you don’t know what’s in something, it’s best not to drink or eat it.
  • Remember that we live in a world where intentional dosing with intent to assault — sometimes referred to as “date rape” – happens. It is important for all participants to be aware of this risk and exercise appropriate caution.
  • If you feel like you have been dosed without your knowledge, immediately call for help or call for a Ranger.
  • If you see someone who appears to be overly intoxicated, ask them if they need help. If they do, or if you don’t think they’re in a state to answer safely, get help. Rangers can be easily identified (they wear khaki) and they are always willing to help. You can also ask a Waldo or anyone wearing a radio.
  • If you or someone you’re with is feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry. There are services at YOUtopia to support you. Zendo provides a safe space and trained peer counsellors to help people going through challenging emotional or psychological processes. There are also participant-run camps that offer safe spaces around YOUtopia for people going through such experiences. Seek them out.
  • For assistance, or to report a crime or dangerous incident, go to Safety HQ, wave down a Ranger, Security, event staff or find a Waldo.

Remember, YOUtopia is our community, and we need to look out for each other.