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until Roskilde Festival 2014 - 29 June to 6 July

Roskilde is against drugs

Roskilde Festival gets many questions on drugs and our attitude towards them. Below, we have collected a number of the most repeated questions and answers.

What is Roskilde Festival's attitude to drugs?

Roskilde Festival is absolutely and completely against drugs. We make this very clear in our instructive campaign “Roskilde Against Drugs”.

We would like to be free of drugs at the festival, but we have to realise that it is difficult to keep out drugs completely; as long as there are drugs in society, there will unfortunately be drugs at the festival.

We work closely with experts on the area, such as the Danish National Board of Health. The campaign mentioned above is e.g. made in collaboration with the National Board of Health. We also work with the police and Henrik Rindom on drug use development and what can be done to stop it.

What does Roskilde Festival do to enforce this opinion?
Roskilde Festival works well with the police. On the inner area the police enforce the law, and the police patrol the entire festival area. Both the police and festival guards keep an eye on the trade with drugs, which will result in expulsion from the festival. After that, the police will handle the case.

If the police find drugs on a festivalgoer he or she will be fined by the police, and Roskilde Festival will issue a so-called warning wristband, when possible. The wristband means that the festivalgoer, if he or she is again found holding drugs, will lose the wristband all together and be expelled from the festival.

When a warning wristband has been issued we explain very clearly why it has been issued. It is a part of our information efforts and our attitudinal work.

What does the police do?
Since 2011, the police intensified their overall efforts against drugs in the police district, this included the Roskilde Festival. They will do the same in 2013.

The implication of this is that the police will confiscate drugs and hand out fines to individuals, and they have also increased the efforts against those selling drugs.

Why does Roskilde Festival not crack down harder on drugs?
Together with the police we are cracking down on drugs by expelling the perpetrator from the festival. The police will enforce the law, and Roskilde Festival will inform on the issue.

Why does Roskilde Festival not throw out people who do drugs?

When an individual has his or her drugs confiscated and is issued a fine by the police, we also give them a so-called warning wristband. The person has already received a fine from the police equal to the fine they would otherwise receive. If we take their wristband as well it would be the same as giving them an extra fine of DKK 1,790, and we don't think that would be fair.

Furthermore, it is important to us that our guests, if they have used drugs and become sick, or see others who are sick, ALWAYS feel that they can come to us (our first-aid personal, guards and towers) for help. We fear they wouldn't do this, if there was a risk that they would have their wristbands confiscated and be expelled from the festival. In this case, we choose the consideration for the person. Also, we see the camping area as the festivalgoers' private homes, so there are limits as to how close we want to go.

Why are there so many drugs?
Only the police can judge if there are more drugs at Roskilde Festival compared to other places. However, if you compare Roskilde Festival to an average city, there are over 100,000 inhabitants, and the festival is thereby Denmark's biggest city measured on the concentration of people of roughly the same age.

Unfortunately, using drugs is a widespread part of the youth party culture. We would like it to be different, but we think we are doing everything we can with STATEMENT and our information campaign, and that we through the collaboration with the police and other authorities are doing what we can, still taking the festivalgoers into consideration.

What is Roskilde Festivals attitude towards hashish? 
We know from the Danish National Board of Health that young people's experimentation with drugs often begins with hashish, and that many wrongly see hashish as a safe drug. In general, the use of hashish is unfortunately on the rise.

Hashish is unhealthy and illegal. We don't see it as our job to seek out people and crack down on their use of drugs. That is the job of the police, which we stand behind completely by issuing the warning wristbands.

That said, hashish is a difficult area, because to many young people – also the rest of the year – it is part of their partying and community culture. Here, we feel that the best way of making a difference is by having a strong opinion and to inform on the subject; and also to be in close contact with the festivalgoers through our social workers. And by continuously getting advice from experts on the area. 

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