Are Drug Users Incapable of Making Rational Decisions? – An Open Letter to Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz

Recently the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, wrote an article critical of fentanyl testing strips. In the article she reveals some concerning beliefs about people who use drugs. Dr. McCance-Katz holds a powerful position in the government. She advises the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary on improving behavioral healthcare in America, and she leads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within HHS. Below is an open letter to Dr. McCance-Katz from DanceSafe founder Emanuel Sferios.

Retailer Makes Fentanyl Testing Strips Available in Canada

The canadian retail chain, 180 Smoke Vape Store, will make fentanyl testing kits available in its retail stores and website in Canada. 180 Smoke specializes in harm reduction products, with an emphasis on smoking alternatives like vaping. In line with its focus on harm reduction, 180 Smoke Vape Store now offers many drug testing kits.

Can someone really die from an ‘LSD overdose’?

Did Baylee actually die from 25I-NBOMe? Did the medical examiner in her case even test for it? We know from our work investigating MDMA-related fatalities that there are no standards across the country for forensic toxicology screenings. It is up to each individual medical examiner to decide which drugs to test for. We also know that adding more toxicology panels can get expensive, but in today’s world, with so many misrepresented “research chemicals” flooding the market, it is important that they are done. We will just have to wait and see.