Myth: Alcohol, as a Nightcap, Helps You Sleep Better

Myth: Alcohol, as a Nightcap, Helps You Sleep Better
It is commonly thought that a drink or two before bed–a nightcap, if you will–helps one sleep better. While alcohol does help you fall asleep quicker and provides a potentially deeper sleep in the first half of the night, this effect is actually offset by having more disrupted sleep in the second half of slumber. A review of all known ... Read more
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News Jun 12, 2017

Reliving Lightning in a Bottle: Why You Should Volunteer With DanceSafe

Reliving Lightning in a Bottle: Why You Should Volunteer With DanceSafe
It has taken me a couple weeks to process my experience at Lightning in a Bottle, though still not fully. It was my first outreach event, the first time experiencing what DanceSafe does on the ground. The amount of love, inspiration, compassion, and sheer beauty that I have walked away with will forever resonate through me, and will continue to motivate me ... Read more
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News Jun 9, 2017

June 6th #TestItTuesday Alert: Misrepresented Mad Hatter Blotter in Bay Area

June 6th #TestItTuesday Alert: Misrepresented Mad Hatter Blotter in Bay Area
#TestItTuesday ALERT! We have been notified that misrepresented tabs are being sold as LSD in the San Francisco Bay Area. These tabs were tested with an Ehrlich’s reagent and yielded no reaction indicating NO presence of an indole. Be careful of LSD adulterants such as 25I-NBOMe, which carries high risks and which is not detectable on the Ehrlich’s ... Read more
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News Jun 6, 2017

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