Heatstroke

Dancing for long periods of time, especially in hot environments, can lead to dehydration and heatstroke. Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition. Deaths from heatstroke have occurred at raves, nightclubs, and festivals even when no drugs had been consumed. While heatstroke can happen from overheating in general, some drugs increase the risk of heatstroke by: Masking the symptoms. When you’re altered it’s not always easy to keep track of your body, especially when it comes to determining normal and abnormal drug side effects Affecting the body pharmacologically. Stimulants, for example, directly increase body temperature, an effect that is compounded when you mix multiple...

Testing Kit Instructions

WHAT ARE REAGENTS? Reagents are chemicals that change color when they come into contact with certain drugs, enabling you to detect their presence in a sample. Reagents cannot, however, detect every drug, nor can they tell you how pure or potent your drugs are. Even if you get the expected color reactions for the drug you want, there could still be one or more other drugs present. This is because: Not all drugs change color with reagents. Darker colors may overshadow lighter colors. A very tiny quantity of a drug may not produce a visible color change. Despite these limitations, reagent testing is useful...

Collapsing While Dancing

It's Probably Heatstroke If some collapses on the dance floor, it's likely that it's due to heatstroke. High body temperature is further evidence that this is the case. Heatstroke is characterized by having a core temperature of 103-104F or above, which is extremely dangerous. You can read our comprehensive guide to heatstroke here. In the meantime, here's how to prevent collapsing and respond if it occurs. High body temperature can be caused by a combination of factors, including: Being in sunlight Being in a hot indoor or outdoor space Heavy exertion Use of drugs that increase core temperature, including MDMA and...

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