Harm Reduction Does not Condone Risky Behavior

Harm Reduction Does not Condone Risky Behavior
The argument goes something like this: if you provide harm reduction services to drug users, you are condoning that behavior through encouragement. Is that truly the case, or is this argument made because of the stigma associated with drug use? If someone is going to be exposed to the sun for long periods of time, increasing their risk of melanoma, they ... Read more
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News May 22, 2017

Early Festival Season Announcements – More to Come!

Early Festival Season Announcements – More to Come!
As the festival season heats up, DanceSafe staff and volunteers are being invited to provide services and give talks about harm reduction and nightlife health and safety at various festivals, events, and conferences this summer. Listed below are opportunities to learn more about what DanceSafe does and what you can do to stay safe this festival season. If ... Read more
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News May 18, 2017

May 16th #TestItTuesday Alert: DOB Blotter Misrepresented

May 16th #TestItTuesday Alert: DOB Blotter Misrepresented
It’s #TestItTuesday! Ecstasydata.org has added a submission from SaferParty, a harm reduction organization in Zürich, Switzerland. The sample was sold as “Bromo-Dragonfly” (1-(8-bromobenzo[1,2-b;4,5-b’]difuran-4-yl) -2-aminopropane) but tested as DOB.   DOB, first synthesized in the late 1960’s, also has a long history of being ... Read more
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News May 18, 2017

Crack Cocaine and Powder Cocaine are the Same Drug

Crack Cocaine and Powder Cocaine are the Same Drug
For this week’s #MythBusterMonday, DanceSafe debunks the myth that crack cocaine is a different drug than powder cocaine. During the doubled-down drug hysteria of the Reagan era, Republicans and Democrats joined forces to implement mandatory minimum sentencing laws. In 1986, the Anti-Drug Abuse Act was passed by Congress, mandating a minimum sentence of ... Read more
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News May 15, 2017

Drug Checking Developments on the Horizon

Drug Checking Developments on the Horizon
Toronto Drug Checking Amnesty Program Stakeholders, including harm reduction organizations and government officials, are now working together in Toronto in an effort to create an amnesty program for drug checking in Canada’s largest city. The proposed drug checking amnesty initiative is part of Toronto’s overdose action plan presented in March and is ... Read more
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News May 11, 2017

Debunking Myths and Discussing Harm Reduction on This Week in Drugs

Debunking Myths and Discussing Harm Reduction on This Week in Drugs
Sarah Merrigan from This Week in Drugs (TWiD), a podcast about all things drugs, hosted DanceSafe’s Kristin Karas and Madalyn McElwain in a round table discussion highlighting nightlife harm reduction. The three, who are all alumni of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, discussed the importance of DanceSafe’s services and debunked the myth that DanceSafe ... Read more
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News May 8, 2017

May 2nd #TestItTuesday Alert: MDMA Therapy and Black Markets

May 2nd #TestItTuesday Alert: MDMA Therapy and Black Markets
It’s #TestItTuesday! The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has been moving quickly on making MDMA into an FDA-approved medication, and the amount of positive press they are getting is phenomenal. When outlets as diverse as military blogs, Time magazine and now Fortune are covering this research, you know you’ve really ... Read more
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News May 2, 2017

Music is the Drug: The Sober Festival Experience

Music is the Drug: The Sober Festival Experience
First, let me put this out there: this piece isn’t intended to be pro-sobriety or pro-drugs. I am proudly pro-choice in this matter. I believe each of us is entitled to make our own decisions and learn along the way—it’s your life and your journey! That being said, I will always advocate for everyone to be well-informed, so you can make those choices to ... Read more
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News Apr 26, 2017

Why Denver Should Not Rule Out Dual Consumption

Why Denver Should Not Rule Out Dual Consumption
In November of last year, Denver voters passed Initiative 300, which allows for limited social cannabis consumption by adults in designated consumption areas within establishments that have received support from their local eligible neighborhood association and have obtained a permit from the City of Denver. The initiative, however, has recently faced ... Read more
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News Apr 20, 2017