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 Neuseeland. Festival drug testing law to be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says

The Government has given a permanent all-clear for pill testing at summer festivals, allowing partygoers to check whether their illicit drugs have been laced. (NZ Herald. Neuseeland, 09.04.2021)

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/festival-drug-testing-law-to-be-made-permanent-health-minister-andrew-little-says/2BJDVLT2GDSYAUR6E5NGKMCVCM/

Commentary - Heroin purity and adulteration: an updated snapshot from the Italian Early Warning System. 

Tittarelli R, di Luca NM, Pacifici R, Pichini S, Del Rio A, Busardò FP. 

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2020 Apr;24(8):4461-4466. doi: 10.26355/eurrev_202004_21028. PMID: 32374014.

https://www.europeanreview.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/4461-4466.pdf

Drug Checking as Strategy for Harm Reduction in Recreational Contests: Evaluation of Two Different Drug Analysis Methodologies. 

Fregonese M, Albino A, Covino C, Gili A, Bacci M, Nicoletti A, Gambelunghe C.

Front Psychiatry. 2021 Feb 22;12:596895. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.596895. PMID: 33692707; PMCID: PMC7938318.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7938318/

Kanada. British Columbia: Free street drug testing site opens in Victoria storefront

Strip tests for fentanyl and benzodiazepines can yield results in minutes. (CBC News Canada, 23.03.2021)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/free-street-drug-testing-site-opens-in-victoria-storefront-1.5960029

Australien. Australia gathers data about testing drugs at music festivals

According to a new research study carried out by researchers at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia, pill-testing services at Western Australian (WA) music festivals do not increase the likelihood of festival-goers taking drugs. The results of the study, published in Drug and Alcohol Review, demonstrate that the availability of pill testing services would not change festival participants’ intention to take ecstasy if they had not used the drug before, contrary to the common argument used by opponents of pill testing services. (DATAC - Drug and Alcohol Testing Association of Canada, Kanada, 23.03.2021)

https://datac.ca/australia-gathers-data-about-testing-drugs-at-music-festivals/

Could a drug‐checking service increase intention to use ecstasy at a festival?. 

Murphy, S., Bright, S.J. and Dear, G. (2021), 

Drug Alcohol Rev.. doi.org/10.1111/dar.13259

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dar.13259

Studie zu den Effekten der Drug-Checking-Angebote in der Schweiz

Bericht zuhanden des Bundesamts für Gesundheit (BAG)

Luzernund Olten, den 4.Dezember 2020

https://www.bag.admin.ch/dam/bag/de/dokumente/npp/forschungsberichte/forschungsberichte_drogen/studie_effekte_drug-checking.pdf.download.pdf/studie_effekte_drugchecking_2020.pdf

Litauen. First hand story: Drug checking in Lithuania

INTERVIEW WITH RŪTA MARCINKEVIČĖ, PROJECT MANAGER AT “YOUNG WAVE”|

(Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), Vilna/Litauen, 15.12.2020)

https://harmreductioneurasia.org/firsthand-story-drug-checking-in-lithuania/

Irland. Drug testing at music festivals will be ready to be rolled out by summer 2021

Junior Minister Frank Feighan says a working group has looked at the issues of drug testing and amnesty bins. (The Journal, Irland, 29.12.2020)

https://www.thejournal.ie/drug-testing-music-festival-5304888-Dec2020/

Synthetische Cannabinoide: Ergebnisse aus dem Drug-Checking der Stadt Zürich, Januar bis August 2020.

Informationen für Fachpersonen im Bereich Drogen und Schadensminderung

StadtZürich, Drogeninformationszentrum DIZ, 2020

https://saferparty.ch/tl_files/images/download/file/aktuelles%202020/Synthetische%20Cannabinoide%20Auswertung%20August%202020.pdf

"I couldn't live with killing one of my friends or anybody": A rapid ethnographic study of drug sellers' use of drug checking. 

Betsos A, Valleriani J, Boyd J, Bardwell G, Kerr T, McNeil R. 

Int J Drug Policy. 2020 Nov 24;87:102845. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102845. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33246303.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0955395920301869?via%3Dihub

Factors associated with drug checking service utilization among people who use drugs in a Canadian setting. 

Long, V., Arredondo, J., Ti, L. et al. 

Harm Reduct J 17, 100 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00454-4

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-020-00454-4

„Drug-Checking“ in Hamburg: Sicherheitsmaßnahme oder Freifahrtschein für Drogenkonsum? 

Die Ecstasy-Vergiftung einer 13-Jährigen aus Bramfeld sorgte für Entsetzen. Zusammen mit einer Freundin hatte sie auf einer Geburtstagsfeier Drogen ausprobiert und verlor wegen des Konsums beinahe ihr Leben. Nun unterstützt der Senat eine Gegenmaßnahme. (Morgenpost, 03.12.2020)

https://www.mopo.de/hamburg/-drug-checking--in-hamburg-sicherheitsmassnahme-oder-freifahrtschein-fuer-drogenkonsum--37749370

Schweiz. Konsum von psychoaktiven Substanzen in der Freizeit – Auswertung der Befragungen von Konsumierenden 2019 

InfodrogSchweizerische Koordinations-und Fachstelle Sucht

https://www.infodrog.ch/files/content/safernightlife_de/freizeitdrogenkonsum_reporting2020_de.pdf

Sicherer Rauschmittelkonsum: Hessen will Drogentests ermöglichen 

Das Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel blockiert bisher jeden Versuch für Drugchecking-Projekte. Hessen will seinen Versuch nun gerichtlich durchsetzen. (taz, 18.11.2020)

https://taz.de/Sicherer-Rauschmittelkonsum/!5725978/

Pill Testing Explained (Video)

Watch this video to learn more about pill testing. (DanceWize, Australien, 31.10.2020, Video, 06:06)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWjgsZ4lt-4&feature=youtu.be

Webinar. Toronto's Drug Checking Service: How we got here, how it works, and what we've learned so far = webinar

Nov 19, 2020 04:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada). People who use drugs in Toronto have long advocated for access to drug checking to reduce the harms associated with using drugs from the unregulated supply. After over one year of service availability, presenters will discuss the experience of implementing drug checking in Toronto, the model employed, and lessons learned | Department of Research and Academic Engagement at the Drug Policy Alliance, USA

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4eNXAegpSgKzygL8zMKQKw

Schweiz. Drog-Checking für Rauschhanf in Zürich

Das Drogeninformationszentrum DIZ bietet ab dem 01. Oktober 2020 zusätzlich zum bestehenden Angebot ein Cannabis-Drug-Checking an. Das Angebot ist kostenlos und anonym. (Stadt Zürich, Sozialdezernat, Drogeninformationszentrum, September 2020)

https://www.saferparty.ch/diz-cannabis.html

Kanada. What's in Toronto's drug supply?

Toronto’s drug checking service offers people who use drugs timely and detailed information on the contents of their drugs, helping them to make more informed decisions. (drugchecking.cdpe.org, September 2020)

https://drugchecking.cdpe.org/

Patterns of ecstasy use amongst live music event attendees and their opinions on pill testing: a cross sectional study. 

Southey, M., Kathirgamalingam, A., Crawford, B. et al. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 15, 55 (2020). doi.org/10.1186/s13011-020-00295-1

Patterns of ecstasy use amongst live music event attendees and their opinions on pill testing: a cross sectional study. 

Wales. WEDINOS Annual Report 2019-20 

WEDINOS provides a framework for the collection and testing of samples of psychoactive substances and combinations of drugs along with information regarding the symptoms users experienced... Collation of these findings along with identification of the chemical structure of the samples enables the dissemination of pragmatic evidence-based harm reduction information for those using psychoactive drugs or considering use. WEDINOS 2.0 continues to go from strength to strength with a 89 per cent increase in the number of samples analysed. (Public Health Wales, UK, August 2020)

Wales. WEDINOS Annual Report 2019-20 

Piloting the UK’s First Home-Office-Licensed Pharmacist-Led Drug Checking Service at a Community Substance Misuse Service. 

Guirguis, A.; Gittins, R.; Schifano, F. 

Behav. Sci. 2020, 10, 121. 

www.mdpi.com/2076-328X/10/8/121

Take-home Test Strips Allow Drug Users to Detect Fentanyl

Illicit drug users seem to overwhelmingly appreciate being able to use take-home test strips to detect the extremely common presence of dangerous fentanyl in opioids and other drugs, a new study finds. More than 95% said they'd use the inexpensive strips again.

"These tests accurately detect fentanyl in the drug supply, and they can be a valuable addition to other drug prevention strategies," said study lead author addiction medicine specialist Sukhpreet Klaire, MD, of the British Columbia Center on Substance Use in Vancouver, in an interview. (Medscape, USA, 03.07.2020)

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/933389

What is needed for implementing drug checking services in the context of the overdose crisis? A qualitative study to explore perspectives of potential service users.

Wallace, B., van Roode, T., Pagan, F. et al.

Harm Reduct J 17, 29 (2020). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00373-4

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-020-00373-4

Evaluating networked drug checking services in Toronto, Ontario: study protocol and rationale.

Maghsoudi N, McDonald K, Stefan C, Beriault DR, Mason K, Barnaby L, Altenberg J, MacDonald RD, Caldwell J, Nisenbaum R, Leece P, Watson TM, Tupper KW, Kufner L, Scheim AI, Werb D; Drug Checking Services in Toronto Working Group.

Harm Reduct J. 2020 Jan 28;17(1):9. doi: 10.1186/s12954-019-0336-0.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7092475/

Schweiz. Drug Checking – Die Schweizer Antwort auf die Risiken des Drogenkonsums

Menschen sind für ihre Lebensweise und ihr Verhalten grundsätzlich selber verantwortlich. Auf dieser Überzeugung basiert die Nationale Strategie Sucht der Schweiz. An diesem Punkt setzt der innovative Schweizer Ansatz des Drug Checking an: Die Gesundheitskompetenz der Konsumierenden soll gefördert werden, indem sie über die Zusammensetzung der jeweiligen Substanz Bescheid wissen und die Risiken und Folgen ihres Konsums illegaler Substanzen kennen. Wenn auch der Drogenkonsum nicht in jedem Fall verhindert werden kann und sich Menschen trotz der Risiken für den Konsum entscheiden, so setzt Drug Checking doch alles daran, Risiken zumindest zu reduzieren und mögliche Schäden wie Überdosierungen zu vermeiden. (Infodrog - Schweizerische Koordinations- und Fachstelle Sucht, 29.01.2020) 

https://houseofswitzerland.org/de/swissstories/gesellschaft/drug-checking-die-schweizer-antwort-auf-die-risiken-des-drogenkonsums

UK. A quarter of street drugs are fake and dangerous to users 

As overdose deaths rise, many buyers don’t know strength or content of what they buy. (The Guardian, UK, 16.02.2020) 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/feb/16/overdose-deaths-quarter-of-street-drugs-are-fake-and-dangerous-to-users

An assessment of the limits of detection, sensitivity and specificity of three devices for public health-based drug checking of fentanyl in street-acquired samples.

Green TC, Park JN, Gilbert M, McKenzie M, Struth E, Lucas R, Clarke W, Sherman SG.

Int J Drug Policy. 2020 Jan 14;77:102661. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102661.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0955395920300025

Drug-Checking: Im Zweifel lebensrettend

Dtsch Arztebl 2020; 117(5): A-201 / B-181 / C-177

Bühring, Petra

Konsumenten von Partydrogen sind immer der Gefahr von Überdosierung oder toxischer Verunreinigung ausgesetzt. Eine Analyse der Substanzen mittels Drug-Checking kann die Risiken minimieren – auch weil die Betroffenen auf diese Weise von der Suchthilfe erreicht werden.

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/archiv/212264/Drug-Checking-Im-Zweifel-lebensrettend

safer nightlife: Managing drugs at pubs, clubs and festivals

The latest information, advice and best practice to minimise the risks associated with drug use and going out. (safer nightlife, UK, Februar 2020)

https://www.safernightlife.info/