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Marissa Cetin
27 February 2024, 15:57

The Loop announces drug testing and harm reduction online training courses

The crucial UK drug checking non-profit is hosting a series of educational sessions beginning tonight

The Loop announces drug testing and harm reduction online training courses

The Loop has announced a series of drug testing and harm reduction training courses.

The drug checking charity and research group will be running 11 online sessions from now until June via Eventbrite. The courses will cover a range of topics, broad and specific, including: an introduction to the harm reduction approach, spiking, chemsex safety, how to respond to drug use at clubs and festivals, MDMA and ketamine, as well as their latest drug market and testing findings. The courses will cost £49 each plus fees, with a subsidised option costing £29. 

The first training session, an introduction to harm reduction and drugs awareness is tonight (27th) at 6PM GMT. The Loop said it's ideal for "university staff, teachers, public sector, night time economy and festival staff, as well as anyone with an interest in reducing drug related harm."

See all of The Loop's upcoming training courses here.

In January, The Loop opened the UK's first regular drug checking service in Bristol. 

Earlier this month, SafeRaveNYC, a new harm reduction initiative geared towards the BIPOC and LQGBTIA+ clubbing community, launched in Brooklyn. 

A 2022 study by The Loop and University of Liverpool found that drug-checking services at festivals improved the safety of attendees

For more on the necessity of harm reduction policies, revisit Ed Gillett's 2021 feature on the UK government failings and other countries' open-minded successes.