What’s out there? The drug landscape coming into summer

2022 has seen more drug checking clinics than any other year. This is due in part to the increase of organisations getting their drug checking licence. We now have three organisations doing drug checking up and down the country: There’s us (obvs), the NZ Drug Foundation, and the NZ Needle Exchange Programme (NEST). We’ve allContinue reading “What’s out there? The drug landscape coming into summer”

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”

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!”

Psychedelics and research part 2: Why psychedelics and why now?

This is part two of a two-part blog series by our guest author Associate Professor Fiona Hutton, teacher and researcher of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington. We posted part 1 What’s all the fuss about psychedelics? last week Due to the sustained efforts of a number of organisations and individuals such as the BeckleyContinue reading “Psychedelics and research part 2: Why psychedelics and why now?”