Johnboy Davidson (pillreports.com) on the history of pill testing and the future of drug checking.
This talk was part of a seminar on music festival and dance party harm reduction: 'If not dogs then what?'. Unharm organised the seminar as part of the campaign to end the use of drug detection dogs in public places.
Johnboy’s talk focused on why drug checking works to reduce the risk of drug-related harm. He starts out by clarifying an important point about why we've moved on from 'pill testing' to 'drug checking'.
The first part of the talk is about why he got involved in drug checking in the late 90s and established Enlighten Harm Reduction and pillreports.com. In the mid-2000s Enlighten attempted to introduce lab-grade testing technology. Intervention from the Federal government ended those plans.
Now, new technology is opening up new possibilities for drug checking services, and the need is greater than ever.