Recognise the signs of drug usage in your venue

RMLV trainingIn addition to preventing patrons from becoming intoxicated, venue management must ensure that illicit drugs are not consumed in or around the venue.

The Queensland Police have developed a guide to help licensees understand the implications of drugs being consumed on the premises, and how to determine if a patron is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

Physical signs:

  • Dilated or constricted pupils
  • Excessive sniffing, dripping nose, watering or red eyes
  • White traces of powder around the nose

Mannerisms:

  • Dilated or constricted pupils

  • Excessive sniffing, dripping nose, watering or red eyes

  • Sudden cold symptoms following a visit to the toilet/garden/car park

  • White traces of powder around the nose

It’s important to take a zero-tolerance approach to drug usage in your venue, and that even the best run clubs and pubs are not immune to this problem.  If you ignore this problem, you may give the impression that you are willing to ‘turn the other way.’

Here are a few effective ways you can prevent drug consumption in your premises:

  • Combine monitoring with sociability, get to know your customers and make sure that they know you.

  • Use CCTV about your premises to provide an effective deterrent, especially if it can be seen, to be monitored by staff.

  • Have staff regularly check toilets or other out of the way areas.

  • Ensure that staff informs management immediately, but discreetly, if they see or hear anything suspicious.

  • Avoid flat surfaces in toilet cubicles, and coat with an oily substance such as baby oil to deter use.

  • Remember the smoke free legislation has made outside areas such as beer gardens and smoking areas more popular, so be aware of this and carry out regular checks.

Are you unsure if your RMLV certificate is up to date?  Make sure you check our course page for a class near you.

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