Welcome to the Team: Hannah Procell

Welcome to the Team: Hannah Procell
DanceSafe is excited to announce the addition of Hannah Procell to the team! Hannah Procell (she/her) received her bachelor’s degree from New College of Florida, the same university from which our Executive Director hails! There, she led her school’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) for 3 years, and in 2018 received the Prometheus Award ... Read more
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News Nov 24, 2020

Welcome to the Team: Sloane Ferenchak

Welcome to the Team: Sloane Ferenchak
As part of our #WeLoveConsent program, DanceSafe is welcoming Sloane Ferenchak as a resident expert contractor! Sloane has provided services to DanceSafe as an intern for the #WeLoveConsent program since 2018, creating educational materials, designing the soon-to-be released Bystander Intervention Training Program, assisting in the planning of outreach ... Read more
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Young Folks: Get Out the Vote!

Young Folks: Get Out the Vote!
By: Erica Darragh 2020 has been a year of profound change. At the beginning of the year, a deeply polarizing Democratic primary revealed distinct generational divides in political views and priorities. In the spring, economic disparity crystallized during the COVID-19 pandemic. By summer, the racial justice uprising ignited millions of people around the ... Read more
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News Oct 30, 2020

Hispanic Heritage Month: Mitchell Gomez

Hispanic Heritage Month: Mitchell Gomez
Our Executive Director, Mitchell Gomez, is of mixed (and complex) heritage. His mother’s family are European Jews who escaped Russia and Ukraine during the pogroms of the late 1800s and early 1900s. His father’s family is comprised of many different groups, with a documented ancestry stretching back to the 1500s in what are now New Mexico and ... Read more
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News Oct 15, 2020

Why Does DanceSafe Release Test It! Alerts?

Why Does DanceSafe Release Test It! Alerts?
By: Rachel Clark, Programs & Communications Coordinator Greetings, DanceSafers! As many of you know, we routinely release Test It! Alerts that detail the appearance, location, and contents of adulterated drugs around the country based on Erowid’s DrugsData Project and community-submitted entries. We believe that this information on its own is useful ... Read more
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DanceSafe Adds Programs & Communications Coordinator to its Growing Staff

DanceSafe Adds Programs & Communications Coordinator to its Growing Staff
  The DanceSafe Staff and Board are thrilled to announce the addition of Rachel “Sputnik” Clark to the DanceSafe National team! Rachel has provided services to DanceSafe as a contractor for the last year, taking over our social media, Test It! Alerts, volunteer onboarding and coordination, and other program and communications-related tasks. Prior to ... Read more
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News Sep 25, 2020

#TestIt Alert: Bag of white powder sold in Philadelphia, PA as cocaine but actually contains phenacetin, cocaine, benzocaine, levamisole, and others

#TestIt Alert: Bag of white powder sold in Philadelphia, PA as cocaine but actually contains phenacetin, cocaine, benzocaine, levamisole, and others
By: Rachel Clark, Programs & Communications Coordinator A bag of soft white powder was sold in Philadelphia, PA as cocaine, but actually contains phenacetin, cocaine, benzocaine, levamisole, and others. The sample was submitted from Baltimore, MD to Erowid’s DrugsData Project.  The sample did not react in the presence of the Marquis reagent, and turned ... Read more
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Ketamine Bladder Damage – What You Need to Know

Ketamine Bladder Damage – What You Need to Know
Using ketamine can be fun, and recent studies have shown it to have antidepressant effects. (1) But using it too often can damage your bladder and result in a serious condition known as Ketamine Bladder Syndrome (a.k.a. Ketamine Cystitis). Your bladder is a round sac behind your pelvic bone that holds urine. It is about the size of a grapefruit, but can ... Read more
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#TestIt Alert: Continued reports of fatal overdoses from cocaine adulterated with (likely) fentanyl in Chicago, IL

#TestIt Alert: Continued reports of fatal overdoses from cocaine adulterated with (likely) fentanyl in Chicago, IL
By: Rachel Clark, Programs & Communications Coordinator In early August, we released an alert notifying the public of fentanyl’s increasing prevalence as a potentially deadly adulterant in cocaine. As September quickly approaches, we have received new reports of a huge spike in overdoses in Melrose Park, IL – a suburb outside of Chicago – ... Read more
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