In the old days, going to a festival meant packing a blanket, some sunscreen and hiding some vodka or wine in water bottles. Now, though, a syringe full of naloxone seems like a good idea.
With much of the country suffering through the opioid crisis, having something on hand that can counteract the effects of drugs like Fentanyl and other narcotics seems prudent. You know, just in case.
WayHome Music and Arts Festival, which is happening this weekend north of Barrie, Ontario, is going to allow punters to bring their own naloxone kits. This reverses the festival’s policy of not allowing these things into the gig, saying that their on-site medical staff was well-equipped. Now fans will be able to trade their kits for Narcan, which is a nasal spray version of the opioid antidote.
Fans asking for the change in policy are relieved. Should someone OD, help can be administered immediately and then someone can look for medical personnel to take over.