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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

Schweiz. Pilotprojekt zum stationären Drug Checking in Basel-Stadt

Die Einnahme von psychoaktiven Substanzen mit unklarer Herkunft stellt ein hohes Gesundheitsrisiko dar. Im Sinne der Prävention und Schadensminderung lanciert der Regierungsrat deshalb ein dreijähriges Pilotprojekt mit einem stationären Drug Checking-Angebot. Ein entsprechender Anzug von Otto Schmid (SP) soll stehen gelassen werden. (Gesundheitsdepartement des Kantons Basel-Stadt , 16.10.2018)

http://www.sucht.bs.ch/nm/2018-pilotprojekt-zum-stationaeren-drug-checking-in-basel-stadt-rr.html

USA. DOTS - The Drug Outbreak Testing Service (DOTS) pilot study

The Drug Outbreak Testing Service (DOTS) pilot study supports local experts and public health agencies experiencing a drug outbreak to identify the drug(s) behind the outbreak by providing free urinalyses of specimens already obtained from affected persons. Information about the DOTS methodology and previous DOTS Bulletins are available on the NDEWS website. (National Drug Early Warning System, USA, 04.09.2018)

https://ndews.umd.edu/drugs/landingtopic/drug-outbreak-testing-service-dots

Drug-Checking: Berlin will Einrichtung zum Test von Drogen schaffen 

Ecstasy, Amphetamine oder Cannabis sind Bestandteil des Berliner Partylebens. Die Stadt will es Konsumenten nun ermöglichen, Drogen auf ihre Wirkstoffe prüfen zu lassen. (Zeit online, 01.11.2018)

https://www.zeit.de/wissen/2018-11/drug-checking-drogen-test-ecstasy-berlin

UK. 'My day with the drug testing squad…'

Drug-related deaths are on the rise. We go behind the scenes with the volunteers offering to test your festival drugs. (BBC, 31.08.2018)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/92063060-2ca3-4d9a-a6a2-538e47394f58

Fentanyl test strips as an opioid overdose prevention strategy: Findings from a syringe services program in the Southeastern United States.

Peiper NC, Clarke SD, Vincent LB, Ciccarone D, Kral AH, Zibbell JE.

Int J Drug Policy. 2018 Sep 28. pii: S0955-3959(18)30213-5. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.08.007.

https://www.ijdp.org/article/S0955-3959(18)30213-5/fulltext

The Clubs Drugs Wheel

This is a collaborative project with The Loop as part of their #Time to Test crowdfunding campaign. This will help them to purchase equipment to expand their pop-up testing labs so they can operate around the UK in city centres and offer Multi Agency Safety Testing to many more people. 

The Club Drugs Wheel was designed as a large display poster (for printing 1.5+ metres high) for festivals. Two display sizes are available here, along with a simplified A4 version and a Powerpoint introduction. Please feel free to print these files for your purposes, in line with our licencing. International/translated versions can also be arranged via the Contact page. (thedrugswheel.com, UK, August 2018)

http://thedrugswheel.com/?page=clubdrugswheel

Berlin. „Drug-Checking“: Vorbereitungen für Drogentest-Projekt laufen an

Nach jahrelangen Überlegungen will das Land Berlin Testmöglichkeiten für Drogen wie Ecstasypillen schaffen. Ein Modellprojekt zum Drug-Checking starte heute, teilte ein Sprecher der Gesundheitsverwaltung auf Anfrage mit. (aerzteblatt.de, 01.11.2018)

https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/98896/Drug-Checking-Vorbereitungen-fuer-Drogentest-Projekt-laufen-an

UK. How to detect pentylone and N-ethylpentylone sold as MDMA/ecstasy pills 

N-ethyl-pentylone (aka BK-EBDP or Ephylone) has caused problems before where it has been sold as MDMA due to the identical visual appearance but this year has seen an increase in the number of cases detected and more alerts have been issued. (Reagents Test UK, UK, 13.08.2018)

https://www.reagent-tests.uk/blog/how-to-detect-pentylone-and-n-ethylpentylone-sold-as-mdma/

Cognitive and neuroanatomical impairments associated with chronic exposure to levamisole-contaminated cocaine

Matthias Vonmoos, Sarah Hirsiger, Katrin H. Preller, Lea M. Hulka, Daniel Allemann, Marcus Herdener, Markus R. Baumgartner & Boris B. Quednow 

Translational Psychiatry volume 8, Article number: 235 (2018) 

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41398-018-0279-3

UK/Manchester. MANDRAKE

A brand new machine has been placed into Manchester city centre police station to help test seized drugs, in a scheme that is the first of its kind in the country. (Greater Manchester Police, 09.08.2018)

http://www.gmp.police.uk/Live/Nhoodv3.nsf/TriageWebsitePages/719C0F6EB5C41451802582E20037811C?OpenDocument#5b6b45ac0d2db

USA. Toxicology Case Studies - ACMT

NDEWS and the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) are collaborating to develop a capability to identify emerging drugs and drug trends encountered by medical toxicologists during patient consultations and toxicology evaluations. Using data from the Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC), ACMT will highlight cases involving novel and emerging exposures in approximately 35 sites across the U.S. (USA. NDEWS – National Drug Emergency Warning System, Center for Substance Abuse Research, University of Maryland, Oktober 2018)

https://ndews.umd.edu/drugs/landingtopic/toxicology-case-studies-acmt

Kanada. Testing drugs downtown

For those looking to see if their illicit drugs contain any deadly surprises, music festivals are no longer the only place where drug testing is offered.

In light of the opioid crisis that has left thousands dead across the province, Interior Health has begun to fund full-time drug testing services in seven communities in the Interior. (castanet, 12.08.2018)

https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/233615/Testing-drugs-downtown

Kokainstreckmittel steht im Verdacht, Hirnschäden zu verursachen

Wer regelmässig Kokain konsumiert, das mit dem Tierentwurmungsmittel Levamisol gestreckt wurde, zeigt schlechtere kognitive Leistungen und verfügt über eine dünnere Hirnrinde. Dies geht aus zwei aktuellen Studien der Universität Zürich hervor. Die Forschenden schliessen daraus, dass Levamisol neurotoxisch wirken könnte und plädieren für den Ausbau sogenannter Drug-Checking-Programme. (Universität Zürich, 31.10.2018)

https://idw-online.de/de/news705081

USA. Drug Testing Organizations Save Lives, So Why Haven’t Rave and Concert Organizers Embraced Them?

Groups like the Loop and DanceSafe test drugs like Ecstasy and warn users of high dosages and adulterants, but federal legislation from the early 2000s has live music promoters wary of their brand of harm reduction. (theappeal.org, USA, 27.07.2018)

https://theappeal.org/drug-testing-organizations-save-lives-so-why-havent-rave-and-concert-organizers-embraced-them/

Australien. NSW to introduce tougher drug penalties, but no pill testing, after festival deaths 

Gladys Berejiklian announces on-the-spot fines for drug possession but pill-testing won’t be considered. 

"...recommended by an expert-panel..." ... "The government-established panel was asked to give advice on how to improve safety at festivals but not to consider the merits of pill-testing." ... "The police commissioner, Mick Fuller, a member of the panel, said the belief that pill-testing was going to save lives in NSW was a “myth”." (The Guardian, Australien, 23.10.2018)

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/23/nsw-premier-says-drug-dealers-could-be-jailed-for-25-years-after-music-festival-deaths

UK. UK Government Will ‘Not Stand In The Way’ Of On-Site Drug Testing At Festivals And Clubs

LONDON. Britain’s government has indicated that “would not stand in the way” of drug testing at clubs and music festivals.

Policing minister Nick Hurd said that the Home Office would defer to the judgment of local officials in allowing festivals and live music venues to allow illicit drugs to be evaluated for safety. (CelebrityAccess, 12.07.2018)

http://celebrityaccess.com/2018/07/12/uk-government-will-not-stand-in-the-way-of-on-site-drug-testing-at-festivals-and-clubs/

Australien. Australian Medical Association would like to see pill-testing at festivals

Dr Bartone (President of the Australian Medical Association , Anm.) called for pill testing trials after two young people died and three more were hospitalisedfollowing suspected drug overdoses at a recent Sydney music festival.

Dr Bartone said innovative approaches, under controlled circumstances, are needed to prevent future tragedies.

“We can’t continue to just use a law enforcement solution.” (AMA - Australian Medical Association, 27.09.2018)

https://ama.com.au/ausmed/ama-would-see-pill-testing-festivals

Ecstasy: Das sind die Pillenwarnungen für den Festivalsommer

In Deutschland ist Drug-Checking illegal. Aber da es die Pillen auch über die Grenze schaffen, haben wir geschaut, was unsere Nachbarn darin gefunden haben. (vice.com, deutsche Ausgabe, 06.07.2018)

https://www.vice.com/de/article/xwkq77/ecstasy-pillen-mdma-das-sind-die-pillenwarnungen

UK. BBC Inside Out South - Festival Drugs (Video)

Loop drug checking at Boomtown Festival 2018. (BBC, oD, Video, 10:18)

https://wearetheloop.org/in-the-media/2018/9/5/bbc-festival-drugs

Drug Checking in Latin America: the Countries Leading the Way

Drug checking at UK festivals has made unprecedented headway over the past year and garnered significant media attention along the way. While relatively new domestically, these initiatives have a longer history in other countries, as the experience in Latin America highlights. (Talking Drugs, UK, 20.06.2018)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/drug-checking-festivals-latin-america

Australien. Doctors body calls for pill testing trial

The peak body for Australian doctors has called for clinical trials on pill testing after two people died of suspected overdoses at a Sydney music festival. (Special Broadcasting Service Corporation, Australien, 17.09.2018)

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/doctors-body-calls-for-pill-testing-trial

Australien. Report on the ACT GTM Pill Testing Pilot: a Harm Reduction Service Prepared by the Safety Testing Advisory Service At Festivals and Events (STA-SAFE) Consortium

The STA-SAFE consortium consists of: Harm Reduction Australia, Australian Drug Observatory, Australian National University, Noffs Foundation, DanceWize, Harm Reduction Victoria, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia, June, 2018 

http://fileserver.idpc.net/library/Pill-Testing-Pilot-ACT-June-2018-Final-Report.pdf

Irland. Drug-testing roll out at music festivals and nightclubs to be examined by expert group - Drug-testing is available in a number of other European countries. 

A WORKING GROUP will examine if drug-testing at music festivals could work in Ireland. (thejournal.ie, Irland, 25.09.2018)

http://www.thejournal.ie/drug-testing-music-festivals-4253722-Sep2018/

UK. North Wales Police bosses in festival drug safety push

A Welsh police force is spearheading a campaign to allow drug takers to have the quality and purity of their drugs tested. (BBC, 11.06.2018)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-44440205

Evaluation of a fentanyl drug checking service for clients of a supervised injection facility, Vancouver, Canada.

Karamouzian M, Dohoo C, Forsting S, McNeil R, Kerr T, Lysyshyn M.

Harm Reduct J. 2018 Sep 10;15(1):46. doi: 10.1186/s12954-018-0252-8.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6131768/

Fentanyl self-testing outside supervised injection settings to prevent opioid overdose: Do we know enough to promote it?

McGowan CR, Harris M, Platt L, Hope V, Rhodes T.

Int J Drug Policy. 2018 May 11;58:31-36. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.04.017.

https://www.ijdp.org/article/S0955-3959(18)30125-7/fulltext

Schweiz. Jede dritte Ecstasy-Pille ist riskant dosiert

Die Drogentests an der Street Parade haben ein erschreckendes Resultat ergeben. Hintergrund sind laut Polizei «knallharte marktwirtschaftliche Überlegungen». (Tagesanzeiger, Schweiz, 13.08.2018)

https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/zuerich/stadt/Jede-dritte-EcstasyPille-ist-riskant-dosiert/story/25651760