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

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