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”

We’ve updated our interactive data app

Rejoice, researchers! Our interactive data app has been updated! For those of you new to the app, you can use it to go through the data we’ve harvested from all of the substances we’ve tested since 2016. National and international researchers have used it to help write reports about the effectiveness of harm reduction measuresContinue reading “We’ve updated our interactive data app”

2021-2022 season drug checking report is live!

Our drug checking report for the 2021-2022 season has been published. We’ve had our busiest season yet, in terms of the numbers of events and clinics that we run, showing the demand for more drug checking as people become more proactive about drug safety. The report shows KnowYourStuffNZ tested 1,611 samples at 40 events betweenContinue reading “2021-2022 season drug checking report is live!”

Yet another synthetic cannabinoid – Aotearoa’s first finding of MDMB-5Br-INACA

We sometimes call them MWP – mystery white powders. This sample was brought to us in the central North Island as “MDMA” but someone who took it reported extreme and rapid anxiety. That doesn’t sound like MDMA. Testing indicates that this MWP isn’t a mystery any more. This one is MDMB-5Br-INACA. What the hell isContinue reading “Yet another synthetic cannabinoid – Aotearoa’s first finding of MDMB-5Br-INACA”

This new synthetic opioid’s proving a problem.

There’s been a new synthetic opioid being sold as oxycodone. N-pyrrolidino etonitazene (also known as etonitazepyne), is sold in a little blue pill with M on one side and 30 on the other. According to Forensic®, N-pyrrolidino etonitazene is a novel synthetic opioid which is very potent and could easily cause a deadly overdose. WeContinue reading “This new synthetic opioid’s proving a problem.”