Harm Reduction Includes Abstinence

Harm Reduction Includes Abstinence
According to the Harm Reduction Coalition, harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.  Harm reduction principles include:   Accepts, for better and or worse, that licit and illicit drug use is part of our world and chooses to work to minimize its harmful effects rather ... Read more
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News Sep 18, 2017

09/12/2017 #TestItTuesday Alert: Square ‘Facebook’ Tablet not MDMA as Advertised

09/12/2017 #TestItTuesday Alert: Square ‘Facebook’ Tablet not MDMA as Advertised
A blue square ‘Facebook’ tablet sourced from San Diego and sold as MDMA tested as TFMPP, caffeine, and methamphetamine. TFMPP is a synthetic piperazine that has effects often described as being somewhere between empathogens such as MDMA and entheogens such as psilocybin, mescaline, or LSD. The notes submitted to EcstasyData.org state: “’Effects ... Read more
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News Sep 12, 2017

Myth: Some People Never Stop ‘Tripping’ After Eating Mushrooms

Myth: Some People Never Stop ‘Tripping’ After Eating Mushrooms
DanceSafe is here to debunk the myth that once you experiment with psilocybin mushrooms, you will never stop ‘tripping.’ Those who claim that some people do not stop tripping after taking mushrooms might be getting confused with the fact that a mushroom experience may alter someone’s personality permanently–but for the better. A John Hopkins ... Read more
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News Sep 11, 2017

Consent is Hot, Assault is Not: Always Ask First!

Consent is Hot, Assault is Not: Always Ask First!
Although DanceSafe is mostly known for harm reduction related to recreational drug use, we are also an organization that believes in the importance of affirmative consent. Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity.  Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or ... Read more
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News Sep 11, 2017

09/05/2017 #TestItTuesday Alert: High Dose Warning Issued for Bi-Layer ‘Skype’ Tablet

09/05/2017 #TestItTuesday Alert: High Dose Warning Issued for Bi-Layer ‘Skype’ Tablet
Warning! A bi-layer “Skype” tablet circulating the black market contains 258.8 mg of MDMA, almost three times the amount of a typical dose (~100 mg). An “extreme high dose” warning has been issued by SaferParty, a Switzerland-based harm reduction group. One side of the tablet is blue with colored speckles, and the other side is white. It is scored on its ... Read more
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News Sep 5, 2017

No, Fido is Not High on the LSD You Took

No, Fido is Not High on the LSD You Took
Long before “fake news” was a coined term, people started believing that if they were tripping (on LSD) or rolling (on MDMA) and they pet their dog or cat, their animal would begin feeling the effects of the drug. This myth spread like wildfire, and it is still alive and circulated today. However, there is no scientific backing to support this contention, ... Read more
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News Sep 4, 2017

International Overdose Awareness Day is a Day to Remember, Reflect, and Take Action

International Overdose Awareness Day is a Day to Remember, Reflect, and Take Action
Today, DanceSafe observes International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), a global event held on August 31st each year which aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. It is also a time to pause and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died as a result of drug overdose. Those ... Read more
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News Aug 31, 2017

Why I’m Teaching My Children to “Just Say Know”

Why I’m Teaching My Children to “Just Say Know”
By Melissa Windle Georgia DanceSafe Chapter Head I was in elementary school when Nancy Reagan first told kids to “Just Say No”. In between our afternoon cartoons, my friends and I saw Public Service Announcements that showed us what our brains would look like on drugs.  By high school, some of the kids in my school had been daring to just say ... Read more
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News Aug 30, 2017

08/29/2017 #TestItTuesday Alert: DOC Sold as LSD on Alice in Wonderland Blotter

08/29/2017 #TestItTuesday Alert: DOC Sold as LSD on Alice in Wonderland Blotter
Blotter sold as LSD on Alice in Wonderland blotter tested as DOC (4-Chloro-2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine), a synthetic psychedelic compound that produces notably long-lived psychedelic effects when ingested. According to Erowid, it is uncommon as a substance for human ingestion. DOC is a very dose-sensitive substance that is often sold on blotter paper. It is ... Read more
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News Aug 29, 2017

You Cannot Identify a Substance by Sight and Smell Alone

You Cannot Identify a Substance by Sight and Smell Alone
Contrary to what some may have you believe, you can never identify a substance by sight or smell alone! Substances on the black market come in a variety of colors, consistencies, smells, and tastes, and therefore there is no safe or accurate way to determine what something is by merely looking, tasting, or smelling it. Something like MDMA, for example, can ... Read more
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News Aug 28, 2017