This was the summer of terrible drugs

KnowYourStuffNZ drug checking service was in huge demand this summer festival season. We doubled the number of tests from last summer and attended more events than ever before. KnowYourStuffNZ checked 2,744 samples at 27 events between April 2020 and March 2021. Our annual testing report and client survey have now been released. What we foundContinue reading “This was the summer of terrible drugs”

2019-2020: Cathinones and high-dose MDMA still prevalent

Drug checking results from the 2019-2020 festival season have now been analysed. This summer, KnowYourStuffNZ volunteers tested 1,368 samples of illicit substances brought voluntarily for testing at 22 events. This is a substantial increase from last summer. Overall, almost 1 in 10 samples were not what the owner thought they were. When a substance wasContinue reading “2019-2020: Cathinones and high-dose MDMA still prevalent”

Cathinone C86 identified as eutylone

The substance found and alerted by KnowYourStuffNZ in testing earlier this month, previously known only as C86, has now been identified as eutylone. Eutylone, also known as bk-EBDB or n-ethylbutylone, is a stimulant in the cathinone family (sometimes called “bath salts”). It was first synthesised in the 1960s and first reported to  European Early WarningContinue reading “Cathinone C86 identified as eutylone”

Survey of KYSNZ clients shows that users of drug checking services take harm reduction advice on board

by Andrea Knox, Evaluation Consultant KnowYourStuffNZ is driven by evidence. For the last few years we’ve been recording our drug checking results, reporting those results publicly, and using them to improve our processes and advocacy. But while we have a lot of evidence about the substances we find and the decisions people make about thoseContinue reading “Survey of KYSNZ clients shows that users of drug checking services take harm reduction advice on board”

Mid-season update – what drugs are at festivals this summer

This season, much like last summer, has seen more n-ethylpentylone and more high dose MDMA. N-ethylpentylone has become the main adulterant in MDMA and our main substance of concern. N-ethylpentylone is in the cathinone family of drugs, sometimes referred to as “bath salts.” In previous years we’ve seen all sorts of different substances sold asContinue reading “Mid-season update – what drugs are at festivals this summer”