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UK. "I wish I still had the luxury of being a parent." (Video)

Powerful interview with Anne-Marie Cockburn - who lost her daughter to ecstasy - on why she wants all drugs legalised. (BBC-Newsnight, 23.03.2017, Video, 02:14)


KnowYourStuffNZ is a community organisation of volunteers operating in collaboration with the New Zealand Drug Foundation to provide drug related harm reduction services at events around New Zealand, including drug checking, free of charge.


Avoiding the bitter pill

Drug checking is adding a new dimension to global harm reduction. Like most drug harm reduction initiatives and now the global spread of vaping for nicotine, drug checking is a bottom up movement started by those concerned about drug user safety. With its origins going back some 30 years in countries like the Netherlands and Austria, drug checking in all its guises is gaining in popularity. (DrugWise, GDS-blog, 23.11.2017)


UK. Boomtown: Harm Reduction 2017 (Video)

We have put together a short Harm Reduction film covering the measures we put in place this year to keep people safe, as well as spread some much needed awareness on the dangers that can be associated with taking drugs. As we enter the festive party season, it is even more important to be fully aware of the risks associated with what you're putting into your body. Please give yourself 15 minutes to watch this; education and awareness can be a lifesaver. (Boomtown Fair, 20.12.2017, Video, 16:08)


UK trials provide new evidence that pill testing reduces harm at festivals

The APSAD Scientific Alcohol and other Drugs Conference is happening in Melbourne this week, which happens to be the southern hemisphere’s largest summit on alcohol and drugs, for those keeping track of such things.

Professor Fiona Measham is a professor of criminology who runs UK charity The Loop. They offered drug safety testing at two UK festivals last year — Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling — and three further ones this year. The trials were done in conjunction with both the police (bobbies they call ’em) and the festival organisers. (The Industry Observer, Australien, 14.11.2017)


Australien. Pill testing in the community?

The debate about pill testing needs to expand beyond just music festivals, says the ACT’s Greens leader – and community pharmacy could be one place to run such programs

And Australian ecstasy has the highest rate in the world of unexpected ingredients, says drug law reform proponent Shane Rattenbury. (ajp.com.au, Australien, 15.12.2017)


UK-London. The Met Police Are Blocking Clubs from Keeping Drug Users Safe - They're refusing to back the introduction of a scheme that's been shown to work.

This article is part of "Safe Sesh", a VICE harm reduction campaign produced in collaboration with The Loop and the Royal Society for Public Health. (vice.com, UK, 06.11.2017)


Evaluation of Drug Checking service - A Portuguese case study

Helena Valente, Lisbon Addictions 2017, Second European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, Lissabon, 24.-26.10.2017

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Australien. Ecstasy pill tests 'will save lives', says Perth researcher

SECRET, unauthorised pill testing by a Perth researcher at a music festival last summer found 99 per cent of users chose to bin their drugs when told they contained unknown substances. (Sunday Times-PerthNow, Australien, 04.11.2017)


The integrated drug checking service and its importance for different types of users

Simona Šabić, Lisbon Addictions 2017, Second European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, Lissabon, 24.-26.10.2017

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EMCDDA. Drug checking as a harm reduction tool for recreational drug users: opportunities and challenges


A number of European countries have implemented drug checking with the aim of providing targeted preventive messages to recreational drug users. This approach, which is more individualised than mass media campaigns, provides an incentive for drug users to participate in a dialogue about prevention and harm reduction, because they get to know the test results, that is they receive information about the particular drugs they are consuming. Pharmacovigilance in the form of drug-checking systems has resulted in timely warning campaigns specifically directed at groups at risk, conveying a level of professionalism that is appreciated by recreational drug users. Such an approach creates more awareness about the specific drugs that are consumed and the options for drug checking. By no means should these arguments in favour of drug testing be considered scientific evidence of its efficacy, but such considerations might be helpful for stakeholders deliberating whether or not to introduce drug testing. Complemented by other activities implemented in nightlife settings, such as chill-out rooms, the provision of factual and trustworthy information, counselling, good ventilation and other precautionary safety measures, drug checking can serve as an extension of prevention and harm reduction interventions, potentially saving lives. (EMCDDA, Lissabon, Oktober 2017)


Drug checking: an approach to prevent chemical anarchy

Helena Valente, Lisbon Addictions 2017, Second European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, Lissabon, 24.-26.10.2017

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The first trial of pill testing at an Australian music festival will no longer go ahead after Spilt Milk organisers pulled out with six weeks to go. (abc.net, Australien, 12.10.2017)


Hessen. Drug Checking: Der Staat als Drogenchecker

Konsumenten von Partydrogen sollen ihre Pillen auf Inhaltsstoffe testen lassen. Das Modellprojekt in Frankfurt und einer weiteren Stadt will Gesundheitsschäden mindern.

In Zürich und Wien gibt es das schon seit Jahren. Jetzt soll es auch in Frankfurt und einer anderen hessischen Großstadt Drug-Checking geben: Konsumenten von Ecstasy und anderen Partydrogen erhalten die Möglichkeit, ihre Pillen auf Inhaltstoffe testen zu lassen. Angedockt an das Angebot ist eine Beratung über den Drogengebrauch. (Frankfurter Rundschau, 12.12.2017)


A Canberra music festival will become the first in Australia to provide pill testing in a move health advocates say will save lives. (Sydney Morning Herald, 22.09.2017)


USA. Drug Users In D.C. Can Now Legally Test Their Dope for Fentanyl. Now How About Over-the-Counter Naloxone? Outdated drug paraphernalia laws are getting in the way of saving lives.

In an emergency measure passed unanimously yesterday, the D.C. City Council voted to amend the Drug Paraphernalia Act of 1982 "to allow the use of testing kits for specified purposes." (reason.com, USA, 06.12.2017)