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08/08/2017 #TestItTuesday Alert: Always Check Your Cocaine

08/08/2017 #TestItTuesday Alert: Always Check Your Cocaine
Let’s be honest, it is vital to test any substance you consume–or smoke, or snort, or inject, or boof. But for today’s #TestItTuesday alert, we stress the importance of testing cocaine, especially with the prevalence of fentanyl on the east coast black market. In June of this year, the New York City Health Department announced that it had seen a ... Read more
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News Aug 16, 2017

Stop Calling Cannabis a “Gateway Drug”

Stop Calling Cannabis a “Gateway Drug”
Even though a majority of Americans support legal cannabis use, marijuana opponents are still pushing the rhetoric that cannabis is a “gateway drug,” meaning its use leads to experimentation, and potentially abuse of, “harder”, riskier drugs such as heroin or methamphetamine. But even the National Institute on Drug Abuse (or “NIDA”), states that “the ... Read more
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News Aug 16, 2017

August 15th #TestItTuesday Alert: Pentylone Sold as MDMA at UK Music Festival

August 15th #TestItTuesday Alert: Pentylone Sold as MDMA at UK Music Festival
A blue Anonymous (Guy Fawkes) pill sold as MDMA at Kendal Calling, a festival in the UK, was tested onsite by The Loop and determined to contain 100 mg of pentylone and no MDMA. (Note: photo was blurry in submission to ecstasydata.org.) Pentylone is a stimulant in the valerone family, that is being marketed as MDMA in pill, powder and crystal form. Its ... Read more
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News Aug 15, 2017

08/08/2017 #TestItTuesday Alert: Always Check Your LSD

08/08/2017 #TestItTuesday Alert: Always Check Your LSD
I don’t need to test my LSD, right? Wrong. With the flood of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) entering the unregulated black market, all substances are at risk of being adulterated or misrepresented. Becoming more and more prevalent in the drug market is 25I-NBOMe, a psychedelic hallucinogen that is being misrepresented and sold as LSD. “N-Bomb,” as it is ... Read more
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News Aug 8, 2017

Can someone really die from an ‘LSD overdose’?

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 ... Read more
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News Aug 7, 2017

August 1st #TestItTuesday Alert: Domino Tablet Sold As MDMA Tests as Caffeine, Methamphetamine, and MDA

August 1st #TestItTuesday Alert: Domino Tablet Sold As MDMA Tests as Caffeine, Methamphetamine, and MDA
A domino-shaped white tablet sourced from Miami and sold as MDMA tested as caffeine, methamphetamine, and MDA. The tablet is scored on one side with a 3:5 domino piece and contains pink-red specks. Reactions on Marquis were light orange, while there was very slight change on Mecke and Mandelin to yellow and green, respectively. This is a stark contrast ... Read more
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News Aug 1, 2017

It’s Not the Chemicals That Cause Substance Abuse, It’s the Cages

It’s Not the Chemicals That Cause Substance Abuse, It’s the Cages
Drugs cause addiction*. It is a rhetoric deeply ingrained into the American psyche based on a series of rat experimentations that placed one rat alone in a cage with two water bottles–one containing cocaine or heroin, the other just water. The rat chose the cocaine- or heroin-laced water every time until it died. The results from this study prompted ... Read more
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News Jul 31, 2017

Fentanyl Testing Strips Have Limitations But Are Better Than Nothing

Fentanyl Testing Strips Have Limitations But Are Better Than Nothing
Last week, DanceSafe began offering fentanyl testing strips for purchase on its website in response to the ever-growing number of deaths related to fentanyl, carfentanil, and other opioid analogues. While the testing strips can identify most fentanyl-related analogues, there are still limitations that every consumer and harm reductionist should be aware ... Read more
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News Jul 28, 2017

Test It Alert: Powder Sold as MDA Tests as Potent Synthetic Cannabinoid

Test It Alert: Powder Sold as MDA Tests as Potent Synthetic Cannabinoid
Just today from Utah a sample that was represented as MDA (Sass) was instead found to be AMB-FUBINACA, a potent synthetic cannabinoid. Related compounds sold in the black market as ‘molly’ and as smokable ‘legal highs’ have hospitalized and killed users both in the United States and overseas. Last June, a mass casualty event in Brooklyn where 18 were ... Read more
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News Jul 26, 2017

July 25th #TestItTuesday Alert: Blue Sun Pill Sold as Ecstasy Tests as Amphetamine

July 25th #TestItTuesday Alert: Blue Sun Pill Sold as Ecstasy Tests as Amphetamine
A blue pill sourced from Zurich, Switzerland is being marketed and sold as ecstasy (MDMA). Test results published on Friday show the tablet contains 21.1 mg of amphetamine, a common stimulant that is found in Adderall and black market drugs such as speed. As Erowid states, amphetamines are “the standard against which all other stimulants are measured.” ... Read more
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News Jul 25, 2017