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In this section we will periodically upload documents related to drugs and harm reduction, reports about our activity, alerts detected by our International Drug Testing Service, adulterants in drugs… If you want to suggest us any subject to publish, or if you want to collaborate with us sending your own texts, please e-mail us.

 

Identifcation and characterization of the new opioid derivative 3,4-dichloro-N-(2-(diethylamino)cyclohexyl)-N-methylbenzamide (U-49900)

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Identifcation and characterization of the new opioid derivative 3,4-dichloro-N-(2-(diethylamino)cyclohexyl)-N-methylbenzamide (U-49900)

This article focuses on the repercussions of scheduling NPS as they emerge on the “legal” market. Particularly U-49900, a synthetic opioid that is an analogue of U-47700 (which is itself an analog of an earlier now-banned opioid: AH-7921) It seems that demand for novel opioids does not decrease when a compound is scheduled, and if the supply for a certain substance dwindles, users are bound to seek an alternative. While it is clear that a solution needs to be found, this article suggests that perhaps quickly and systematically scheduling new compounds as they gain popularity can be complemented with other prevention measures in response to the growing problem of NPS abuse.

 

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Identification and characterization of a putative new psychoactive substance, 2-(2-(4-chlorophenyl)acetamido)-3-methylbutanamide, in Spain

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Identification and characterization of a putative new psychoactive substance, 2-(2-(4-chlorophenyl)acetamido)-3-methylbutanamide, in Spain

This article describes the identification and characterization of 2-(2-(4-chlorophenyl)acetamido)-3-methylbutanamide, a putative new psychoactive substance, through GC/MS, LC/MS, NMR, FTIR, UV, Single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and NMR.

 

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Something new about something old: a 10-year follow-up on classical and new psychoactive Tryptamines and results of analysis

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Something new about something old: a 10-year follow-up on classical and new psychoactive Tryptamines and results of analysis

This article explores the presence of tryptamines classified as NPS among the substances delivered for analysis to a harm-reduction organization, to describe the substances found in the samples after analysis, and to compare analytical results of regulated vs. non-regulated tryptamines. It argues that there is a need for further research in order to prevent the potential health risks associated with their use.

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Patterns of use and toxicity of new para-halogenated substituted cathinones: 4-CMC (clephedrone), 4-CEC (4-chloroethcatinone) and 4-BMC (brephedrone)

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Patterns of use and toxicity of new para-halogenated substituted cathinones: 4-CMC (clephedrone), 4-CEC (4-chloroethcatinone) and 4-BMC (brephedrone)

This article presents results of the analysis of 3 NPS: clephedrone (4-CMC), 4-chloroethcathinone (4-CEC), and brephedrone (4-BMC) on recreational drug markets and a systematic review of all the available information concerning these substances. It presents the possibility that the emergence of these substances is the next step in the cat-and-mouse game existing between drug producers and legislation.

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The detection and prevention of unintentional consumption of DOx and 25x-NBOMe at Portugal’s Boom Festival

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in News | 0 comments

This article describes the misrepresentation of LSD at Portugal’s Boom Festival 2014 and the prevention of unintentional consumption of DOx and 25x-NBOMe among LSD consumers attending a drug-checking service. We found that the majority of service users who received unexpected test results regarding their alleged LSD (74.2%) reported that they did not intend to consume the drug.

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The utility of drug checking services

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in News | 0 comments

The utility of drug checking services

The utility of drug checking services as monitoring tools and more: A response to Pirona et al. is a response to the article titled New psychoactive substances: Current health-related practices and challenges in responding to use and harms in Europe by Pirona et al. It argues that although it’s important to recognise the limitations of self-evaluation of drug checking services conducted in a constrained funding environment, we believe that a more balanced view of these services could better inform readers of the International Journal of Drug Policy.

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Our International Drug Testing Service detects a dangerous mixture from Australia

Posted by on Feb 4, 2017 in News | 0 comments

After several deaths, poisonings and severe intoxications in several Melbourne (Australia) clubs in 15-17 January, we have received a sample of capsules sold as MDMA from Australia, related to these health problems.

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Energy Control National Drug Testing Service Report 2015

Posted by on Ene 17, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Energy Control National Drug Testing Service Report 2015

This report presents the synthetic substances, tested by Energy Control’s National Drug Checking Service, their adulteration and the users’ profile. This report summarizes results from Spain during 2015, and collects no data from our International Drug Testing Service

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How to go to a festival and not die in the attempt?

Posted by on Dic 1, 2016 in News | 0 comments

How to go to a festival and not die in the attempt?

Year after year, when the summer comes, with the arrival of good weather, also comes the sound of live music festival rhythm throughout the whole territory.

Festivals lasting several days, may involve some additional risks compared to a night / party session: increased consumption of alcohol and other drugs (dosage and frequency), little rest, inadequate feeding, poor hygiene in some cases,  unprotected sex, exposure to an excessive volume of music for more hours / day, …
Moreover, since they take place in summer season, this implies an exposure to high temperatures and, therefore, it can favour the appearance of bad vibes, specially if there has been a drug consumption which may cause an increase in body temperature like ecstasy does.
In short, all aspects to take in consideration to avoid your health going wrong and for you to enjoy the party as you deserve. Therefore, here you will find some interesting recommendations to take into account in order to enjoy more and better if you are going to a festival. (más…)

Welcome to International Energy Control

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Welcome to International Energy Control

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Energy Control is a Spanish harm reduction project for recreational drug users. Since 1997, we develop harm reduction projects and, since then, we have been recognized and acknowledged by local, national and European institutions. Our Drug Checking Service, originally focused on Spanish drug users, is a pioneer project that provides identification and quantification of drug samples destined for personal use, harm reduction advice for users, allows a continual follow-up of trends in the illegal drug market and provide warnings in case of incidences that involve significant health risks.

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