Dosing Your Unexpecting Friends Is Never Okay

Dosing Your Unexpecting Friends Is Never Okay
Under no circumstances, or in any time or place, is it okay to give LSD, or any other drug, to friends who are unexpecting–meaning, to friends who have not mentally prepared for such an experience. Psychedelics have powerful and profound effects on people, and of the utmost importance in experiencing hallucinogenic substances is set and setting. This ... Read more
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News Jun 5, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend Event Recap

Memorial Day Weekend Event Recap
Memorial Day Weekend is DanceSafe’s busiest time of the year for outreach. This year was no different, with chapters attending events large and small across the United States. Below is a list of events where DanceSafe was present, providing onsite harm reduction services to thousands of festival and event attendees: Lightning in a Bottle: DanceSafe Los ... Read more
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News Jun 2, 2017

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