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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.

 

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

Posted by on Ago 16, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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

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

 

Updating the list of known opioids through identifcation and characterization of the new opioid derivative 3,4-dichloro-N-(2-(diethylamino)cyclohexyl)-N-methylbenzamide (U-49900)

Posted by on Ago 11, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Updating the list of known opioids through 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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Updating the list of known opioids through identifcation and characterization of the new opioid derivative 3,4-dichloro-N-(2-(diethylamino)cyclohexyl)-N-methylbenzamide (U-49900)

The utility of drug checking services as monitoring tools and more: A response to Pirona et al.

Posted by on Ago 8, 2017 in News | 0 comments

The utility of drug checking services as monitoring tools and more: A response to Pirona et al.

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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The utility of drug checking services as monitoring tools and more: A response to Pirona et al.

Czech Psychedelic Society PsyCare project.

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Czech Psychedelic Society PsyCare project.

Public knowledge and access to information about psychedelics, as well as their benefits, effects and risks is negligible. For this reason, many people use these substances in ways that can prove to be dangerous for them as well as their surroundings. (más…)

International Drug Checking Day

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in News | 0 comments

International Drug Checking Day

Our Drug Checking Service has analyzed over 30,000 samples since its inception in 2000, mostly from Spain. Our objective is to establish contact with drug users and to be able to provide information tailored to the specific users’ needs. Our International Drug Testing Service was born in March 2014 and its demand is constantly growing. During 2014 we tested around 450 different samples, the same number we have received just in the first trimester of this year. (más…)

Energy Control participates in an event about Drug Checking in the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs

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Energy Control participates in an event about Drug Checking in the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs

As we previously announced, in addition to the official agenda, a series of parallel events have been held on specific themes. Energy Control (ABD-Spain) along with Acción Técnica Social (Colombia), Reverdeser Colectivo (Mexico), Trimbos Institute (Holland), Transform Drug Policy (UK) and support from the Austrian and Spanish governments, we organized the parallel event “Drug checking services: improving public health and safety” in order to publicize and promote the implementation of this type of services. (más…)

International Drug Testing Service updating fees

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in News | Comentarios desactivados en International Drug Testing Service updating fees

Our International Drug Testing Service (IDTS) will update testing fees from 7/3/2017

Testing fee (70 EUR): This includes all tests required to have a complete result: qualitative analysis and quantitative when possible, performed with GC/MS, LC-MS/MS, UV/Vis, etc, depending on the sample. Results are received through e-mail in a text format.

Testing fee + PDF (120 EUR): This includes all the same tests, plus a complete PDF report including the raw graphs and data from the techniques used.

We can test vetegal samples (including Cannabis, San Pedro, Mimosa sp., Ayahuasca, Mushrooms, Kratom, etc.), but they require to perform an extraction that has an extra cost. Please contact us for further information.We can also test for pesticides, heavy metals and special services on request.

We feel it is very important to explain the causes of this increase in the cost of our services. (más…)

“Drug-checking Services: Improving public health and safety” in the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs

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

“Drug-checking Services: Improving public health and safety” in the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs

onu2The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will hold its sixtieth session from the 13th to 17th of March 2017 in Vienna, Austria.  In addition to the official agenda, a series of parallel events will be held on specific themes.

Energy Control, along with Acción Técnica Social (Colombia), Reverdeser Colectivo (México), Trimbos Institute (Holanda), Transform Drug Policy (UK) and the Austrian and Spanish Governments, have organized the parallel event “Drug-checking Services: Improving public health and safety” in order to introduce and promote the implementation of these services.

For us and for the rest of the organizations involved in this event, it is a great opportunity to defend the usefulness of the drug checking services at a high level meeting of the United Nations.

 

Important information about our Test Results

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Important information about our Test Results

We want to highlight some aspects about the use of reports and news of our International Drug Testing Service.

As it is clearly noticed in the instructions for submitting samples in this webpage:

“Our drug testing service is a Harm Reduction strategy specifically designed for final users. The results we offer are only valid if the sample used is exactly the same as the sample tested previously. None of our results can be used as a quality guarantee from any drug vendor or product. Energy Control declines all responsibility in this sense.” (más…)

Our International Drug Testing Service detects a dangerous mixture from Australia

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

Our International Drug Testing Service detects a dangerous mixture from Australia

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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