Tag Archives: Harm Reduction

Why Does DanceSafe Release Test It! Alerts?

Why Does DanceSafe Release Test It! Alerts?
By: Rachel Clark, Programs & Communications Coordinator Greetings, DanceSafers! As many of you know, we routinely release Test It! Alerts that detail the appearance, location, and contents of adulterated drugs around the country based on Erowid’s DrugsData Project and community-submitted entries. We believe that this information on its own is useful ... Read more
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#TestIt Alert: Bag of white powder sold in Philadelphia, PA as cocaine but actually contains phenacetin, cocaine, benzocaine, levamisole, and others

#TestIt Alert: Bag of white powder sold in Philadelphia, PA as cocaine but actually contains phenacetin, cocaine, benzocaine, levamisole, and others
By: Rachel Clark, Programs & Communications Coordinator A bag of soft white powder was sold in Philadelphia, PA as cocaine, but actually contains phenacetin, cocaine, benzocaine, levamisole, and others. The sample was submitted from Baltimore, MD to Erowid’s DrugsData Project.  The sample did not react in the presence of the Marquis reagent, and turned ... Read more
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Ketamine Bladder Damage – What You Need to Know

Ketamine Bladder Damage – What You Need to Know
Using ketamine can be fun, and recent studies have shown it to have antidepressant effects. (1) But using it too often can damage your bladder and result in a serious condition known as Ketamine Bladder Syndrome (a.k.a. Ketamine Cystitis). Your bladder is a round sac behind your pelvic bone that holds urine. It is about the size of a grapefruit, but can ... Read more
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#TestIt Alert: Continued reports of fatal overdoses from cocaine adulterated with (likely) fentanyl in Chicago, IL

#TestIt Alert: Continued reports of fatal overdoses from cocaine adulterated with (likely) fentanyl in Chicago, IL
By: Rachel Clark, Programs & Communications Coordinator In early August, we released an alert notifying the public of fentanyl’s increasing prevalence as a potentially deadly adulterant in cocaine. As September quickly approaches, we have received new reports of a huge spike in overdoses in Melrose Park, IL – a suburb outside of Chicago – ... Read more
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Meet & Greet: Mohawk

Meet & Greet: Mohawk
Meet & Greets are introductions to the lives and work of our remarkable community members. The individuals featured in these stories are volunteers, activists, and contributors – it is their passion that drives DanceSafe, and their dedication that sustains it.  Meet Mohawk (they/them).  Mohawk’s Story  My name is Mohawk Greene. I became active in ... Read more
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#TestIt Alert: Nationwide reports of fentanyl in cocaine, including consequent deaths

#TestIt Alert: Nationwide reports of fentanyl in cocaine, including consequent deaths
By: Rachel Clark, DanceSafe Contractor In the midst of a global pandemic, America remains entrenched in its opioid crisis, particularly in the context of fentanyl adulteration. However, it is widely assumed that fentanyl is only prevalent as a contaminant in illicitly purchased opioid-like drugs, a sentiment that often disincentivizes buyers from using ... Read more
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#TestIt Alert: Reports of potential fentanyl contamination of various kinds of drugs in Colorado, causing opioid overdoses

#TestIt Alert: Reports of potential fentanyl contamination of various kinds of drugs in Colorado, causing opioid overdoses
By: Rachel Clark, DanceSafe Contractor Anecdotal reports of likely fentanyl-related overdoses, including deaths, are arising from multiple regions in Colorado. The city of Denver has experienced a 282% increase in fentanyl-related overdose deaths, when comparing the first half of 2019 with the first half of 2020.  Reports have included a death from an ... Read more
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Three New Info Cards and Two New Posters Just Released!

Three New Info Cards and Two New Posters Just Released!
  By DanceSafe Staff We are proud to announce the release of three new drug information cards! Our DMT and cocaine cards have been updated and redesigned with more attractive artwork; additionally, we have added a brand new card on 5-MeO-DMT. These new cards are available now, along with poster versions of DMT and 5-MeO-DMT. These updates are part of ... Read more
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News Jul 10, 2020

#TestIt Alert: DMT and ketamine sold in Chicago, IL test positive for fentanyl or its analogs

#TestIt Alert: DMT and ketamine sold in Chicago, IL test positive for fentanyl or its analogs
By: Rachel Clark, DanceSafe Contractor We have recently received a concerning report about a sample of ketamine and a sample of DMT in the Northwest Chicago suburbs testing positive for fentanyl. Although fentanyl showing up in either of these substances is rare, it has been known to happen. Broadly, there are two reasons for this happening: Accidental ... Read more
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#TestIt Alert: Round orange pill sold in Los Angeles, CA as Adderall (amphetamine), but actually contains exclusively methamphetamine

#TestIt Alert: Round orange pill sold in Los Angeles, CA as Adderall (amphetamine), but actually contains exclusively methamphetamine
By: Rachel Clark, DanceSafe Contractor #TestIt Alert: Round orange pill sold in Los Angeles, CA as Adderall (amphetamine), but actually contains exclusively methamphetamine.  A round orange/peach pill with “E 404” on one side and two break lines on the other was sold in Los Angeles, CA as Adderall (amphetamine) but actually contains exclusively ... Read more
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