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Niederlande. Factsheet on drug checking in the Netherlands

Is drug checking a valuable tool to reduce the harm of drug use? In many countries this is still an ongoing debate, one often hampered by lack of empirical evidence and practical experience. In the Netherlands, government-licensed drug checking has occured for over the past two decades and has grown from a small scale project into a nationwide scientific monitor. (Trimbos instituut, Niederlande, April 2019)

https://www.trimbos.nl/docs/cd3e9e11-9555-4f8c-b851-1806dfb47fd7.pdf

Acceptability of implementing community-based drug checking services for people who use drugs in three United States cities: Baltimore, Boston and Providence.

Sherman SG, Morales KB, Park JN, McKenzie M, Marshall BDL, Green TC.

Int J Drug Policy. 2019 Apr 13;68:46-53. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.03.003.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0955395919300568

Rate of Fentanyl Positivity Among Urine Drug Test Results Positive for Cocaine or Methamphetamine.

LaRue L, Twillman RK, Dawson E, et al. 

JAMA Netw Open.2019;2(4):e192851. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.2851

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2731684

Niederlande. How the World’s Oldest Drug Checking Service Makes High-Risk Pills “Unsellable”

Don’t sit on your day job,” Daan van der Gouwe advised people who operate drug checking services. By which he meant, getting information out there greatly amplifies the public health benefit of what you’re doing.

The Drugs Monitoring and Information System (DIMS) in the Netherlands can proudly claim to be the oldest drug checking service in the world. It began unauthorized operations back in 1989, a time when use of “club drugs” was increasing in the country, and was formalized in 1992. (Filter, USA, 01.05.2019)

https://filtermag.org/2019/05/01/how-the-worlds-oldest-drug-checking-service-can-make-high-risk-pills-unsellable/

Variability in content and dissolution profiles of MDMA tablets collected in the UK between 2001 and 2018 – a potential risk to users?.

Couchman, L, Frinculescu, A, Sobreira, CC, et al. 

Drug Test Anal. 2019. doi.org/10.1002/dta.2605

Abstract

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/dta.2605

MDMA: Why it's 'impossible' to know how the drug affects you

It's impossible to predict how MDMA affects users even with on-site testing at festivals, researchers are warning. (BBC, 01.05.2019)

https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-48120198

Australien. Pill testing at Groovin the Moo festival potentially saves seven lives, organisers say 

Festivalgoers discard drugs after testing alerts them that pills contain dangerous ingredients. (The Guardian, UK, 29.04.2019)

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/29/pill-testing-at-groovin-the-moo-festival-potentially-saves-seven-lives-organisers-say

Australien. Canberra’s Second Pill Testing Trial Hailed a Resounding Success

Despite initial hurdles, it can now be said that two government-sanctioned pill testing trials have taken place in the ACT. And by all accounts, the second, held last Sunday, was a resounding success. Not only did it prove that the first was no one off, but it showed that services are set to improve. (Sydney Criminal Lawyers, 01.05.2019)

https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/canberras-second-pill-testing-trial-hailed-a-resounding-success/

Testing of illicit drugs in the Netherlands could be a model for the UK 

Sheldon Tony

BMJ 2019; 365 :l1784 

Abstract

https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l1784

GHB. Xantus-drinkcheck-Armband

Warum ein Armband? Wir haben uns aus drei Gründen für ein Armband entschieden:

Präventiver Schutz: Allein durch das Tragen schützt man sich präventiv, da Täter im Vorfeld abgeschreckt werden. Es wird signalisierst, dass man bewusst mit seiner Gesundheit umgeht und K.O. Tropfen keine Chance haben.

Partytauglichkeit: Kein Drankdenken, kein Vergessen, keine Handtasche mehr

Erinnerungs-Funktion: Jeder kennt es: Die Eltern sagen, dass man immer aufpassen soll. Auf der Party ist das schnell mal vergessen. Ein kurzer Blick auf´s Handgelenk genügt und man erinnert sich daran, achtsam zu sein.

Wie funktioniert das Armband?

Armband am Handgelenk anbringen

Getränk umrühren

Flüsskeit auf ein Testfeld tupfen

2 Minuten warten

Bei Blau - K.O. Tropfen (GHB) im Getränk

(xantus-drinkcheck.de, 2019)

https://xantus-drinkcheck.de/

Schweiz. Standards Drug Checking: Modul Risikoeinschätzung, Kommunikation und Publikation der Daten

Infodrog, Schweiz, 2019

https://www.infodrog.ch/files/content/nightlife/de/standards-drugchecking-risikoeinschaetzung_de_infodrog-2019.pdf

UK. Home Office gives green light to first drug testing clinic 

‘Life-saving’ scheme, licensed by the government, launched amid rising concern over potentially toxic substances. The Guardian, UK, 24.02.2019)

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/feb/24/drug-test-clinics-open-support-home-office-police

Schweiz. 20 Jahre mobiles Drugchecking in der Schweiz

Daniel Allemann Kantonsapothekeramt Bern

Nationale Nightlife und Freizeitdrogenkonsum Konferenz, 24.01.2019, Luzern

https://www.infodrog.ch/files/content/nightlife/de/konferenz2019/praesentationen/ws5a-allemann-freizeitdrogenkonsum-neubad19.pdf

Schweiz. Drug-Checking - Nutzen für die Beratung, die Informationsverbreitung und das Substanz-Monitoring aus Sicht der Praxis

Konferenz Nightlife-und Freizeitdrogenkonsum, Luzern, 24.01.2019

Matthias Humm, Stadt Zürich, Sozialdepartement, saferparty.ch

https://www.infodrog.ch/files/content/nightlife/de/konferenz2019/praesentationen/ws5b-humm-freizeitdrogenkonsum-neubad19.pdf

‘There’s no reason not to trial pill testing’: UNSW drug policy scholar stands firm on the evidence

Alison Ritter has moved the Drug Policy Modelling Program from Medicine to Arts & Social Sciences to have more impact on drug policy. (UNSW – University of New South Wales, Australien, 14.02.2019)

https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/social-affairs/%E2%80%98there%E2%80%99s-no-reason-not-trial-pill-testing%E2%80%99-unsw-drug-policy-scholar-stands-firm

On-site identification of psychoactive drugs by portable Raman spectroscopy during drug-checking service in electronic music events.

Gerace E, Seganti F, Luciano C, Lombardo T, Di Corcia D, Teifel H, Vincenti M, Salomone A.

Drug Alcohol Rev. 2019 Jan;38(1):50-56. doi: 10.1111/dar.12887. Epub 2019 Jan 6.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30614092

Perspectives on rapid fentanyl test strips as a harm reduction practice among young adults who use drugs: a qualitative study.

Goldman JE, Waye KM, Periera KA, Krieger MS, Yedinak JL, Marshall BDL.

Harm Reduct J. 2019 Jan 8;16(1):3. doi: 10.1186/s12954-018-0276-0.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6325714/

UK. Drug-testing service in Durham highlights dangers of the illegal trade

Durham's Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner has praised a drug testing service which highlighted the dangers of the illegal trade. (Chronicle live, UK, 11.01.2019)

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/drug-testing-service-durham-highlights-15663460

USA. Drug users can now test if fentanyl is in the drugs they are using, before injection

INDIANAPOLIS — A new tool is emerging to battle the scour of overdose deaths that lead directly to the powerful synthetic drug, fentanyl.

Drug users can now test to see whether the drug they are about to inject is in fact fentanyl. (Theindychannel, USA, 02.01.2019)

https://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/indianapolis/drug-users-can-now-test-if-fentanyl-is-in-the-drugs-they-are-using-before-injection

Australien. Six reasons Australia should pilot ‘pill testing’ party drugs

The death of 19-year-old Georgina Bartter at a music festival on the weekend from a suspected ecstasy overdose could possibly have been avoided with a simple harm-minimisation intervention. Pill testing, or drug checking as it’s known in Europe, provides feedback to users on the content of illegal drugs, allowing them to make informed choices. (Prof. Alison Ritter in: NDARC – National Drug & Alcohol Research Center, Australien, Blog, 03.07.2018)

https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/node/301000974

Australien. Show some courage on pill testing and save young lives

Five deaths at music festivals in less than five months. And, if I listen to some critics, the one thing stopping pill testing is that it is seen as people like me giving the green light to drug use.

I need to get my head around this. Me – a 33-year police practitioner and former federal police commissioner – giving the green light to drug use? (The Age, Australien, 02.01.2019)

https://www.theage.com.au/national/show-some-courage-on-pill-testing-and-save-young-lives-20190102-p50p7m.html

Australien. 'Dangerous orange pill' prompts Australia festival warning

Music festival-goers across Australia have been warned about a "dangerous orange pill", after a young man died of a suspected drug overdose. (BBC, 31.12.2018)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46718413

UK. Fake Percocet tablets containing fentanyl in circulation

The Metropolitan Police have issued an alert regarding the seizure of ’significant’ quantities of fake Percocet tablets that contained fentanyl and no other psychoactive drug. (changegrowlive.org, UK, 12.12.2018)

https://www.changegrowlive.org/latest/news/percocet-fentanyl

How Harm Reduction Services Are Keeping Festivalgoers Safer

(...) As a regular festivalgoer I’ve long observed an unsettling relationship some people can have with psychedelics. Drug experiences can be particularly risky at events which have zero-tolerance policies, where organizers seem to care little about the safety of people who unintentionally find themselves on a bad high. (Filter, USA, 07.12.2018)

https://filtermag.org/2018/12/07/unwanted-altered-states-how-harm-reduction-services-keep-festivalgoers-safer/

Drug safety testing, disposals and dealing in an English field: Exploring the operational and behavioural outcomes of the UK’s first onsite ‘drug checking’ service,

Fiona Catherine Measham

International Journal of Drug Policy, 2018, in press, doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.11.001.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0955395918302755

Standards Drug Checking - Modul Beratung

Das Beratungsgespräch ist ein zentrales Element von Drug-Checking-Angeboten. Was die Ziele dieses Gesprächs sind, welche Instrumente dabei zum Einsatz kommen und welche Kompetenzen Fachleute dafür mitbringen müssen, erfahren Sie im Modul Beratung der Standards Drug Checking. (Infodrog, Schweiz,  2018)

https://www.infodrog.ch/files/content/nightlife/de/Standards_drug_checking_Beratung_DE.pdf

Berlin. Modellprojekt zum Drug Checking gestartet

Nach jahrelangen Überlegungen will Berlin Testmöglichkeiten für Drogen wie Ecstasy-Pillen schaffen. Ein Modellprojekt zum sogenannten Drug Checking starte am Donnerstag, teilte ein Sprecher der Gesundheitsverwaltung auf Anfrage der Deutschen Presse-Agentur mit. (PZ – Pharmazeutische Zeitung, 01.11.2018)

https://www.pharmazeutische-zeitung.de/modellprojekt-zum-drug-checking-gestartet/

Europa. Monitoring drug use in recreational settings across Europe: conceptual challenges and methodological innovations

Summary

This report explores how data on drug use are captured through surveys of targeted populations in recreational settings. The benefits and challenges of monitoring drug use in recreational settings are identified, as are emergent data sources and methodological innovations. The report draws on cutting-edge debates within social research, sociology and critical drug studies to encourage dialogue between researchers and with monitoring agencies. (EMCDDA,Lissabon,November 2018)

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/technical-reports/monitoring-drug-use-in-recreational-settings-across-europe_en

UK. Pill-testing: budget office finds it would cost $16m to put services in major cities 

Greens say hardline drugs policy ‘has destroyed thousands of lives and wasted billions of dollars’. (The Guardian, UK, 08.11.2018)

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/09/pill-testing-budget-office-finds-it-would-cost-16m-to-put-services-in-major-cities