High Alert Warning: Unwashed Poppy Seeds

Poppy seed tea sounds relatively harmless, right? Except it’s really not if you get the wrong kind of poppy seed. Unwashed poppy seeds found in regular poppy seed supply have caused acute opioid toxicity hospitalisations in Victoria The poppy seeds in question are being recalled in Aotearoa and Australia, but we’re throwing up a redContinue reading “High Alert Warning: Unwashed Poppy Seeds”

Pandemic partying

With the possibility of a real summer ahead complete with actual fun, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that COVID, monkeypox, and other things are active in the community. At the time this post was written (23 November 2022), Aotearoa’s stats were: Total deaths attributed to COVID: 2,182 New COVID infection rate thisContinue reading “Pandemic partying”

Article on UK festival drug checking published

Professor Fiona Measham (The Loop UK and University of Liverpool) and data scientist Henry Simmons (Envelop Risk Analytics and Durham University) have released an article on drug checking at festivals in the UK in 2018. They wanted to get a snapshot of which demographics were using drug checking, what kind of harm reduction services they’dContinue reading “Article on UK festival drug checking published”

Responding to crisis situations part one: respiratory depression and overdose.

This series will be looking at how we respond to drug related medical emergencies (crisis situations). CW for discussions of overdose. Sometimes things go wrong when we take drugs. We don’t have full power over preventing anything going wrong, but we do have power over how we respond. In Aotearoa, and globally, opioids and alcoholContinue reading “Responding to crisis situations part one: respiratory depression and overdose.”

Naloxone saves lives, so where is it?

June and July saw 13 people hospitalised from fentanyl overdoses. Those folk were sold what they were told was cocaine, and in at least one case, methamphetamine; but their substance turned out to be fentanyl bulked out with fillers. They were all given Naloxone on the way to hospital and were revived after falling unconsciousContinue reading “Naloxone saves lives, so where is it?”