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YOUTUBE

AVI LSD is an unorthodox vlogging channel discussing mind-altering substances, the MMJ industry, self-help, and more. He presents drugs as tools that have great potential, but are often abused, leading to horrible consequences. AVI LSD believes that the amount of destruction could be seriously reduced if only more people were aware of how to properly use these powerful substances.

EUROPE

BAONPS project’s main aim is to identify new psychoactive substances by using different kind of drug checking, both in party settings and outside of them. This project wants to improve awareness and knowledge of drugs and NPS, their risks and effects, among partygoers; furthermore it aims to understand meanings and consumption patterns concerning NPS and related cross-cultural differences and inform local and national drug service providers about NPS and cultural factors influencing drug consumption patterns. Italy, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia are the countries involved in the project.

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WORLDWIDE

The Bunk Police take pride in being the top supplier of testing supplies to individuals and harm reduction organizations worldwide. Utilizing manufacturing and shipping facilities on multiple continents – we have successfully and economically delivered to well over 100 countries – from Australia to Taiwan, Brazil to Russia, and beyond. If you need a test kit, we’ll make sure you get one no matter where you are.

The drug market is changing faster than ever, and that’s why we have taken it upon ourselves to acquire over 250 lab-verified pure samples of  substances from various classes. These samples are used to record tests on HD video with our nine different spot kits. This research is not kept behind closed doors, it is immediately released for use by the general public on YouTube, the Bunkleaks android app, and at bunkpolice.com. The days of comparing reactions to a few colors on a piece of paper are over – now you can reference over 2,000 videos of substances reacting in real time.

The Bunk Police have also spent years simplifying and perfecting the next evolution in substance testing for home or field use  – the Separation Test Kit based on the thin layer chromatography or TLC method. This process allows for mixed substances to be separated and tested individually, putting an end to concerns that the reaction of one substance will cover up that of another.

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ROMANIA

Colour Mind is a psychiatry and psychotherapy clinic specialized on addictions. Color Mind`s team has a 10 year plus history in treating addictions, and were the first in Romania to cover this area. They have developed the first individualized programs that addresses all types of addictions: alcohol, gambling, substances and computer. During time, the Color Mind`s team implemented:

– The first treatment centers of Romania National Antidrug Agency
– The first team of professionals in addictions treatment in Romania
– The first private Methadone substitution program for opiate addiction
– The first private integrated program for gambling addiction

On top of the treatment approaches, they are dedicated to the wellbeing of people who take drugs and have developed several prevention and harm reduction projects.
In 2016, inspired by the experience of already known organizations as MAPS, ZENDO and Energy Control they initiated the pilot project dedicated to festival harm reduction.

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U.K.

Crew 2000 would like to ensure that people have the best information available in order to make up their own mind about whether they should or shouldn’t use drugs. They point out the dangers of using drugs and if people are still intent on using them they suggest ways to use which may be safer than others. They work closely with other agencies, in the private, public, and voluntary, sectors and always strive to provide a professional service to the public. They don’t wait for young people to develop problems with their drug use, their services reach out to where young people are and where they use. Crew 2000 is continually learning from drug users as well as from colleagues in a variety of sectors & from around the world. Crew’s model of work has been successfully incorporated into services across the globe. Crew adopts a community developmental approach to working with people and therefore does not copyright any of its resources or materials, believing that they come from the community and should be freely available to the community. Their drugs knowledge database www.mycrew.org.uk was the only one in the UK searchable by street name, chemical name and in the case of “legal highs” brand name with information on effects and ways to reduce harm. Crew also provide training and welfare at festivals and events across Scotland.

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AUSTRIA

checkit! is a harm reduction organisation and research project based in Vienna, Austria.

The checkit team works hard to make people aware of the actual effects, side effects and risks involved in using psychoactive substances. For the last 20 years it is providing integrated drug checking: information, support, and advice based on the chemical analysis of substances. checkit neither condemns nor condones drug use. Its work is based on the belief that people who are using drugs should make informed decisions about their health and have access to relevant and appropriate support services.

Alongside the service provision, checkit gathers data and conducts research. It monitors the drugs market to detect potentially harmful drugs and issue warnings. It also explores new trends in substance use to foster the development of harm reduction services.

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U.S.

DanceSafe is a 501(c)(3) public health organization promoting health and safety within the nightlife and electronic music community. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 by Emanuel Sferios, DanceSafe quickly grew into a national organization with chapters in cities across North America.

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SLOVENIA

DrogArt association is a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 1999 with the main aim of reducing the harmful consequences of drug and alcohol use among young people. The main areas of activity of the Association are information and advice, info point, field work at electronic music events, workshops ‘Izberi sam’ to reducing the harm of alcohol among young people, publishing activities and research. DrogArt association has since 2005 the status of humanitarian organizations. Vision of DrogArt associasion is to reduce the risks associated with the use of drugs and alcohol in Slovenia. Our values are cooperation, assistance, development, education and training

Since 2006 DrogArt is part of the EWS and performs drug checking in Slovenia. There is an info point, in Ljubljana, where users can bring their sample and get it analysed. At first users are asked to fill in a questionnaire, composed of two sections: a general part, where the person is asked to tell information about the sample, and a second part where there are questions about the personal use of drugs and harm reduction strategies. After the substance is tested with colorimetric reagents (Marquis, Mecke, Mandelin, Simons, Erlich, Froehde, Scotts) and users are provided with a counseling (motivational interview) on harm reduction and about a recognition of risky behaviors. If users report unexpected or side effects taking the substance or colorimetric tests does not confirm the presence of the supposed substance, the sample is sent to the National Forensic Laboratory, that can analyse the compound with the GC-MS. In big parties users can buy colorimetric reagents (Bunk Police) directly at the info-stand of DrogArt.

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USA

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation’s leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.
Our supporters are individuals who believe the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. Together we advance policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and seek solutions that promote safety while upholding the sovereignty of individuals over their own minds and bodies. We work to ensure that our nation’s drug policies no longer arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise and otherwise harm millions – particularly young people and people of color who are disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.

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WEB ONLY

drugsand.me is an educational website that provides information about existing harm reduction methods for drug users. We do not promote drug use, but we do encourage you to be safe if you are thinking of taking any kind of drug. This website was inspired by the thousands of deaths that occur in the UK due lack of correct drug education. While existing websites provide excellent information on drugs, they have a falsely optimistic approach, thinking that the people reading those sites will become discouraged after reading about the effects or potential health risks. This is not the reality.

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WEB ONLY

The Drug Classroom (TDC) provides straightforward drug education that is free from bias.

Drugs are never going to leave society, so it only makes sense to provide real drug education.

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COLOMBIA

Échele Cabeza Cuando Se De en la Cabeza (or Use your head before it goes to your head) is a project that was founded in April 2010 and pioneered the first substance analysis or drug checking service in Latin America in February 2013. Since then, the project has analyzed more than 3,000 samples with a 25% annual increase in samples and presence at the main public and private festivals in Colombia. The project has directly impacted more than 140,000 people in its seven years of work, and published more than 25 health warnings. This has directly translated in a reduction of intoxications and deaths due to drug abuse. Échele Cabeza is currently an ally with the Colombian national government to identify NPS and although the current Bogota mayor recently withdrew its support, the project has not stopped and has instead expanded to other cities, thus strengthening the Latin American network. At the recent Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna, the project brought together five drug checking projects from the Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Colombia and Austria in order to share these harm mitigation strategies with government representatives.  To learn more about the project, please visit:  www.echelecabeza.com

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SPAIN

Energy Control emerged in Barcelona in 1997 as a pioneer project in Spain in the area of reducing the risks associated with recreational drug use, having since received recognition from numerous government administrations (European, state, community and local). They offer a Drug Checking Service in order to inform the users about the composition of the drugs and thus advise on lower risk consumption. The Drug Checking Service has operated in Spain since 1999 and now will also be offered internationally. Energy Control provides an analysis service with the two most powerful analytical techniques available to analyze drug samples, by which we can detect most chemical compounds and know its quantity with great precision. They offer an anonymous and confidential service where users can submit their drug samples for analysis in order to know its composition and purity, discard adulterants and provide customized information from a perspective of risk reduction.

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WEB ONLY

Erowid’s EcstasyData project started in July 2001, with the objective of identifying the contents of street ecstasy tablets. Since that time, we have expanded from testing almost exclusively “ecstasy” (MDMA) tablets to doing both field reagent checking with tests kits and GC/MS identification of street drugs, research chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Through EcstasyData, a sample of a drug can be anonymously submitted by mail to a DEA-licensed laboratory for analysis (following instructions provided on EcstasyData.org/submit), along with a payment ranging from $40 to $150 (depending on submission type). The lab analyzes each sample and sends Erowid a list of which substances were found. We publish the results, along with a photo of the material, on the EcstasyData website to help illuminate trends in drug distribution, substitution, and contamination as well as the specific contents of individual black-market tablets and blotter. Testing costs Erowid $160 per sample in lab and staff costs, covered in part by the co-pay and support from sponsors Isomer Design and Dancesafe. We continue to be disallowed by the DEA from publishing quantitative results from anonymously submitted samples tested through our program. This means that we can report what drugs are present in samples, but not the amounts.

PUBLIC, OPEN DATA

Despite the need, EcstasyData is one of only a handful of public analytical drug testing programs worldwide. Our project releases results immediately and publicly. It is our belief that analytical data published immediately provides necessary real-world information to individuals and society about how frequently one substance is misrepresented as another or how often drugs contain contaminants.

While EcstasyData.org primarily commissions its own tests conducted by Drug Detection Lab (DDL) in Sacramento, California, it also republishes lab testing results from a number of other organizations.

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SPAIN

HEGOAK is a non-profit association committed to the principles of the charter of REAS . We are technicians, volunteers, and collaborators from private and public institutions.

We are based on the reduction of damage and risks (pleasures vs. risk management) appealing to adolescents, young people, and families. We adapt to reality by creating joint reflection processes; to have more balanced relationships with our environment, the people around us, as well as the substance many consume. We promote personal and social development in a positive way – to train ourselves and coexist in a world with drugs. We motivate health care, healthy habits, and behaviors of lower risk, in order to avoid problems related to the experiences of leisure, especially in relation to drug use.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

Karmik is a west coast harm reduction initiative, focusing harm reduction strategies while promoting health and safety in nightlife/festival communities.

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EUROPE

Kosmicare –  harm reduction and psychedelic research

We promote human development, from a human rights and sustainable development perspective, focusing on health and social well-being.

Objectives: 

  • Promote individual and communitarian empowerment
  • Promote the health and safety of people that use drugs, their families and their communities
  • Minimize harm related to the non-medical use of drugs
  • Promote the health and safety of partygoers
  • Promote a scientifically supported intervention
  • Promote more informed and humane drug policies

 Working Areas

  • Intervention:  Psychedelic emergencies; harm reduction and drug checking;
  • Education and training;
  • Research:  Program evaluation, psychedelics, nightlife; drug trends
  • Advocacy: Guidelines and recommendations; seminar and events;

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ITALY

Since 1998 the NGO Lab57 has provided on-field drug-checking for free all along italy,every week, developing their own colorimetric protocol using up to 10-12 different reagents.

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U.K.

The Loop provides information, outreach, interventions and research regarding issues of alcohol, drugs, sexual health, mental health, crime and violence that affect people when they are out in the night time economy, at pubs, clubs and festivals. Winner of the UK 11th annual ‘Festival Awards’ in the category ‘Best use of new technology’ with Parklife 2014 for infrared spectroscopy drug testing of substances of concern at Parklife, Manchester, June 2014

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FINLAND

Muunto-hanke (Transformation) is a government funded harm reduction project of A-Clinic Foundation in Finland.

Muunto project started in 2016 to develop new ways to respond to novel psychoactive substances and changing drug cultures.

Objectives:

  •  Contacting users anonymously via Tor-network
  • Examine the size and content of Finnish drug cryptomarkets and digitalisation of the street markets
  • Creating harm reduction information with users
  • Examine possibility to develop anonymous drug checking service for users
  • Improve general understanding of diversity of different user subcultures
  • Reduction of negative stigma towards people who use drugs
  • Provide more up-to-date information for professionals

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U.S.

MDMA The Movie is an upcoming full-length feature documentary by Viveka Films. Produced and directed by DanceSafe founder, Emanuel Sferios, the film explores the history and cultural impact of this unique drug, highlighting its medical role in the treatment of PTSD, and harm reduction as a practical alternative to three decades of failed efforts at prohibition.

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YOUTUBE

PSYCHEDSUBSTANCE is here to provide accurate education and awareness for the safe use of some very “taboo” practices. These are practices that have no place being taboo any longer. The safety of everyone is more important than keeping this ridiculous stigma around.

MEXICO

Drug Universe is primarily an information tool for risk and harm reduction. It is a scientific map free from prejudice that lets you know what different drugs are, what effects they have and how they interact together, from the most consumed and popular to the new and unusual. We aim to create a new cultural understanding of the potential and actual implications of these substances, their uses, and their effects on the social dynamics of our community.

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U.K.

Reagent testing is an excellent way to massively reduce the risks of using drugs. With the ability to instantly see if what you have bought is fake or even dangerous it’s much easier to make good decisions about safe drug use. Using just a scraping of a pill or a few crumbs of powder and a drop of reagent you can instantly see if you have been sold PMA, MDPV or other more dangerous drugs instead of what you were expecting. Our goal is to make it so cheap and easy to test for safety that every new batch of drugs could be tested. We neither condone nor condemn drug use, we are just here to help people stay safe. No more getting ripped off. No more ruined nights out. No more lost friends. We sell reagent test kits in high quality glass bottles with ultra-discreet shipping, including the popular marquis and ehrlich reagents; allowing people to test a vast range of substances including MDMA, LSD, 2C-B and many others. We use ultra-discreet packaging to ensure privacy for all orders.

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WEB ONLY

PsychonautWiki is a community-driven encyclopedia which is striving to formally catalog the field of psychonautics in a professional and comprehensive manner.

Objectives
  • documenting all aspects of psychonautics (including practices like meditation, lucid dreaming, ritual, trance, sensory deprivation, etc.) from a reason-based, scientific perspective and separating the field from its associated esotericism.
  • providing education, encouraging safe practices, and rectifying cultural taboos associated with the experimentation and usage of psychoactive substances by providing accurate, evidence-grounded, even-handed information drawn from both specialist and lay communities.
  • creating a culture which promotes the empowerment of individuals by equipping them with the knowledge to make informed decisions and take full responsibility for the choices and actions they make in their lives.

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USA

Safer Party is led by the Drug Policy Alliance to campaign for a better nightlife experience and “real talk about drug use” #SaferPartying

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POLAND

Social Drug Policy Initiative (SIN) is a non profit NGO that does harm reduction, education and fights for drug policy based on evidence, not prejudice. SIN is a grassroots youth organization comprising of a network of students’ and graduates associations functioning on the largest Polish university. We provide harm reduction services in nightlife settings and advocate for a research-based, sensible set of policies that value human rights and dignity. We are united in our goal of changing the current worldwide drug policy based on prohibition.

We support:

  • The notion of decriminalization of possession of psychoactive substances for personal use
  • Providing an adequate and diverse treatment options for tackling dependence
  • Harm reduction approach to mitigate damages arising from psychoactive substance use and abuse
  • Approving various, currently illegal, substances for medical use in justified cases.

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