RESPONSIBLE & SAFE DRUG USE
Welcome to Amsterdam! We hope that you enjoy your stay in one of Europe's most liberal cities. Amsterdam is known for its liberal policy toward drug use. Unique to Amsterdam, is the presence of Coffee Shops (Marihuana / Hashish) and Smart Shops (Legal Highs as well as Test Kits for street drugs) where you can buy and enjoy a wide variety of legal ‘soft drugs’.
But, this does not mean that the use of drugs is completely without risk. So to make sure that you enjoy your stay without any trouble we advise you to stick to the Coffee Shops & Smart Shops and be aware of the risks of Street Dealers.
Risks of buying drugs off Street Dealers:
POOR QUALITY & FAKE DRUGS
Bad drugs can easily
land you in hospital or
GETTING RIPPED OFF
You have a high chance of being robbed or ripped off and getting into violent situations.
HOW TO IGNORE STREETDEALERS
RECOGNIZE & BE AWARE
Know when someone is attempting to steer you. Street Dealers will seek you out and try to engage you.
AVOID & IGNORE
Do not stop and engage strangers who come up to you. Walk on by!
Show clear disinterest.
Keep moving and state that you are “Not Interested!’.
TEST YOUR DRUGS
If you insist on buying from a Street Dealer, TEST your drugs! Test kits are available at Smart Shops.
NEED HELP? GET HELP!
If you run into trouble do not hesitate to get help.
Dial: 112 for emergencies!
You will not be arrested for possession or use.
Look after one another!
Make sure your friends are doing alright and help them if needed.