Stefanie Jones

Can Drug Checking Help Solve the Overdose Crisis?

The opioid overdose crisis is a multi-layered and complex problem, and one that won’t be solved by any single solution. In addition to efforts that support naloxone and syringe access, as well as expansion of on-demand treatment, a new tool that deserves more attention is emerging: drug checking.

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Unraveling the Drug War: A Rare Chance to Lower MDMA and NPS Sentences

It isn’t all that often that we get a chance to pull apart the drug war.  We have one of those rare opportunities approaching – on April 18 the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) is holding a public hearing that will mark the beginning of a two year process to reconsider the sentencing guidelines for MDMA as well as a handful of novel psychoactive substances (NPS).  You can even watch live.

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4 Things Reporters Get Terribly Wrong About 'New' Drugs

In recent years, there has been increasing media attention on drugs known as “K2,” “bath salts,” fentanyl, “molly,” and others. Unfortunately, much of the coverage—even by some of the most well-meaning journalists—contains misinformation and inaccurate or misleading terminology. This all serves to perpetuate unfounded myths and unhelpful hysteria about these substances.

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How to Save a Life: Recognize an Overdose

Whether or not you’re someone who uses alcohol or other drugs, undoubtedly you will be around people who do at some point.  And being able to recognize when something’s gone wrong is the first step toward being able to take action – and possibly save a life.  That’s why in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31 this year, DPA’s Safer Partying campaign created a simple, shareable resource detailing signs of overdose for commonly used drugs: alcohol, MDMA, cocaine and other stimulants, heroin/opiates and cannabis.

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Why Lousy "Synthetic Drugs" Are Going to End the Drug War

It’s a rare day when the prohibitionist establishment and die-hard drug policy reformers are in agreement—but that happens to be the case more often than not when it comes to what the US insists on calling “synthetic drugs.” Known more properly around the world as NPS (novel psychoactive substances), this group of newly created or rediscovered drugs may very well, both groups believe, signal the death of the modern drug war.

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Latest Ridiculous Drug Panic: NY Times Joins NYPD in Ratcheting Up Fears About 'Synthetic Marijuana'

Editor's note: The New York Times has discovered an exciting new drug panic: the use of K2, a synthetic marijuana blend, by the city's homeless population. The paper sent a reporter to Harlem to document the urban disarray supposedly unleashed by the drug, resulting in a story titled, "K2, a Potent Drug, Casts a Shadow Over an East Harlem Block."

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Let's Get Frank about Drug Use and Prevent Future Music Festival Tragedies

This past weekend, the final day of the three-day electronic dance music festival Electric Zoo held on Randall’s Island in New York City was canceled.  The official press release from the city on Sunday, September 1, didn’t give many details, but stated that “the causes of death have not been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly).” It’s a sad, and yet not unfamiliar headline.  Especially so for someone like myself, who has been a fan of electronic music and attending events for over ten years now. One can only hope the lessons from this experience can prevent future tragedies.

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