drug checking

The Mission to Save Lives by Deciphering Philly’s Volatile Drug Supply

Conditions in the Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia, where I’ve reported for years, stand as a rebuke to a litany…

April 15, 2021

CDC Recommends Drug-Checking Services Amid Historic Overdose Deaths

As the already-staggering death toll of the overdose crisis reaches historic heights, the United States' premier public health agency called…

December 24, 2020

Leaked FBI Report: Drug Sellers Practice Harm Reduction

The recognition that people who sell drugs can play a crucial role in reducing the harms caused by drug criminalization…

December 2, 2020

Despite Fentanyl’s Ubiquity, Test Strips Can Still Empower Drug Users

As the presence of illicit fentanyl has reached near-ubiquity in many North American heroin supplies, some harm reductionists have questioned…

August 25, 2020

Are More Clubbers Taking Ketamine Without Knowing It?

It’s safe to say Joseph Palamar goes to a lot of raves. Since 2016, he’s attended more than 125 parties…

March 9, 2020

New Drugs, Bad Policies Leave Philly Harm Reduction Groping in the Dark

The “Walmart of Heroin” is how the New York Times described Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood—in a much-criticized October 2018 story that…

September 19, 2019

Watch: Fentanyl Safety Campaign Poses the “Coke Challenge”

US-based harm reduction group DanceSafe and Canadian creative agency The Garden have partnered to present the "Coke Challenge" ahead of…

August 29, 2019

Five of the Ways Unsanctioned Harm Reduction Continues to Blaze Trails

Unsanctioned grassroots initiatives—from the unofficial to the plain illegal—are both the origins and the soul of the harm reduction movement.…

August 22, 2019

Why Drug Dealers Are an Under-Utilized Anti-Overdose Resource

Last year, a man in his 20s attending Electric Forest, a Michigan music festival, began to cry after discovering that…

May 28, 2019

How the World’s Oldest Drug Checking Service Makes High-Risk Pills “Unsellable”

Don’t sit on your day job,” Daan van der Gouwe advised people who operate drug checking services. By which he…

May 1, 2019