A new trend is emerging in the Vienna clubbing scene that offers free testing services to tell clubbers whether their drugs are cut with other substances. Call it harm reduction or quality control, these free services aim to reduce the likelihood of having clubbers take ‘bad’ pills by taking tiny samples of people’s drugs and sending them in for testing.
Drug checking services throughout many European countries have found that drugs like cocaine and amphetamines are increasingly being cut with other substances, such as caffeine, phenacetine, levamisole and local anaesthetics. In one case, 55 per cent of what users thought was crystal MDMA actually contained no MDMA whatsoever.
So, what do you think? Does Toronto need to take a cue from the Vienna clubbing scene in order to curb the circulation of bad pills and potentially save lives? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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