On this page you’ll soon be able to read all about the background of International Drug Checking Day. Our one sentense summart is: we’re an initiative conducted by a diverse group of organizations that all play an active part in the delivery of harm reduction services pertaining to substance use.
- Raise awareness of drug checking as a harm-reduction approach so that more people can have the opportunity to check their drugs to make more informed decisions. Drawing on a 30 year history of drug checking with well-established test services in the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany and France, it promotes the use of GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry), TLC (Thin Layer Chromatography), HP-TLC (High-Performance Thin Layer Chromatography), or IR (Infra-red) methods as the most effective means of getting one’s drug’s tested.
- Promote the use of personal drug-checking using home reagent testing kits, which are easily attainable online.Despite the limitations of these testing kits, it still believes that they offer an effective way to reduce the most dangerous risks associated with unidentified drugs and an essential way to introduce people to find out more about the idea of harm reduction and responsible drug use.