Electric Forest Shuts Down DanceSafe– But We Have a Bigger Problem To Tackle

Electric Forest Shuts Down DanceSafe– But We Have a Bigger Problem To Tackle
This year at The Electric Forest, I saw up to four hour lines to get from GA camping into the venue, with no free water, shade or medics in the area. This year at The Electric Forest, I saw a population grow by nearly 10,000, with no noticeable increase in the amount of water refill stations, resulting in nearly two hour lines just to refill a bottle of ... Read more
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News Jun 30, 2015

DanceSafe & Safe Sex: A Guest Blog from Beforeplay.org

DanceSafe & Safe Sex: A Guest Blog from Beforeplay.org
DanceSafe is centered on health and safety in the electronic music world, but what about health and safety after you head home from an event and slip between the sheets with that special dancing someone? That’s where Beforeplay.org comes in.   Beforeplay.org is around to help “normalize” conversations about sexual health and make sure we can all have ... Read more
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It’s the start of season and what a season it’s going to be!

It’s the start of season and what a season it’s going to be!
Welcome to the start of season 2015! As the longest running health education non-profit in the EDM community, the DanceSafe family always looks forward to this weekend. It’s the official start of season, and we’ve got some big things planned for this year! If someone asks you why they should support DanceSafe, here is your answer. This weekend ... Read more
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News May 21, 2015

TODAY is International Harm Reduction Day 2015

TODAY is International Harm Reduction Day 2015
TODAY is International Harm Reduction Day. Harm reduction is DanceSafe’s core principle, but what is harm reduction? Harm reduction can broadly be defined as a set of morals and values that influence practices and policies acknowledging that: Drug use is a part of society regardless of prohibition, thus it is essential to employ pragmatic public health ... Read more
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News May 7, 2015

Let’s Be Sensible About MDMA

Let’s Be Sensible About MDMA
Abstinence-only and fear-based "education" is as ineffective at preventing drug use as it is at preventing teen pregnancy, but unfortunately it is the only thing that most students hear. Evidence-based education like Safety First and Just Say Know programs teach young people how to stay safe if they are going to use drugs including alcohol and to identify ... Read more
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News Feb 27, 2015

The Real Tragedy of the Wesleyan ‘Overdose’ Incident

The Real Tragedy of the Wesleyan ‘Overdose’ Incident
We hope for the quick recovery of all the students involved, and believe this incident underscores the failure of current US drug policy. Prohibition and the consequent lack of honest drug education and harm reduction services makes "Molly" or "Ecstasy" use far more dangerous that it needs to be. Whether these students actually overdosed on MDMA, suffered ... Read more
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News Feb 26, 2015

Why are Ecstasy Pills so Strong at the Moment?

Why are Ecstasy Pills so Strong at the Moment?
UK journalist Mike Power has the inside scoop on why ecstasy pills in Europe and the UK are so strong these days. Produced by a mysterious group in the Netherlands known as Partyflock or Q-dance crew, these pills are now starting to show up in the US. But be careful! Containing super high doses of MDMA (up to 278mg, more than double a standard dose), these ... Read more
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News Feb 12, 2015

We Could Have Prevented Those PMMA Deaths in the UK with Drug Checking

We Could Have Prevented Those PMMA Deaths in the UK with Drug Checking
Out of all the harm reduction interventions out there – access to water, drug education, chill spaces, to name a few – drug checking is the scariest for people to contemplate. But it’s also the one that's going to make the most impact when it comes to people making smarter, more informed choices about their drug use. It’s also the one with the biggest ... Read more
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News Jan 12, 2015

New Police “Anti-Molly” Video Gets It Partially Right, Partially Wrong

New Police “Anti-Molly” Video Gets It Partially Right, Partially Wrong
A new video by the Toronto police, Cooking with Molly (embedded below), correctly points out that most of what is sold as "Ecstasy" or "Molly" actually contains other, often more dangerous drugs. This is a step in the right direction in terms of harm reduction and drug education. However, there's still much to criticize about this video, one that Detective ... Read more
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News Jan 10, 2015