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Czech Perspective on Drug Checking

Drug policies of the 21st century remain focused on repressive approaches in most of the world’s countries. This can make it harder, if not impossible, to progressively intervene regarding psychoactive substance use, preventing possible benefits to public health. Results of more than half a century of repressive (although slightly milder currently in the Czech Republic) […]

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A Policeman’s Perspective on Drugs

Peter Muyshondt Born in 1971, I can hardly be considered a youngster. So you can imagine my surprise when Youth Rise asked me to write an article. I don’t know a lot about drugs. I drink alcohol from time to time, but that’s basically the extent of my experience. When it comes to the effects […]

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Multi Agency Safety Testing (MAST)

Considering the prevailing policy-environment, where the unknown purity, adulteration, contamination, and deliberate or accidental misselling of drugs can compound the inherent dangers associated with drug use, safety models such The Loop’s Multi Agency Safety Testing are of vital necessity. Such services are an indispensable resource for those who use drugs across society; at festival and […]

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Festival Welfare Services

Since their inception, festivals have been associated with dancing, sex, and the use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD). However, these celebrations can also present high risk environments arising from the use of AOD, long durations of dancing without breaks, adverse weather conditions (e.g. high or low temperatures), unfamiliar environments, bright lights, loud music, decreased sleep and poor […]

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