At the end of the BAONPS project, partners produced some videos presenting the main activities carried out in two years of work: drug checking and outreach interventions. It is possible to watch the videos in which the project partners explain the techniques and the methods used in each country in outreach and drug checking activities.
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Drug checking is an integrated service that lets drug users to have their synthetic drugs analysed and recive counselling; in nightlife contexct it has been shown to be useful at different levels: early detection of NPS, harm and risk reduction for drug users, knowledge improvement for service provideres and policy makers (M.Ventura et al, 2013).
A drug checking service can change consumption behaviours of drug users, especially when an unespected substance is detected in the sample.
The BAONPS project has as its partner the Orbassano anti-doping center, which conducted a study of the phenomenology of the distribution and spread of drugs, during the interventions in party settings. A laboratory technician supported the BAONPS workers in order to guarantee an accurate analysis of the substances and a social worker provided partygoers with a counselling or consultation focused on drug consumption and people’s needs.
In this video Fabrizio Seganti (chemist) and Elisa Fornero (social worker) answer to some questions on the drug checking, illustrate the technique used, RAMAN spectroscopy, describe the RAMAN advantages and disadvantages, outline the different phases of the drug checking and briefly present the results achieved.
Fabrizio Seganti and Elisa Fornero, – Drug Cheking Implementation Techniques and Strategies – 7.08”
Portugal emphasizes the importance of providing accurate information on the compound being analyzed. The techniques used are two, in order to find the adulterants: colorimetric tests and Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) in a mobile laboratory.
“The general feedback has been quite positive: the partygoers were grateful for the provided service.”
Team of the Checkin project (Ass Apdes) – The Drug Cheking service in Portugal- 3.47”
The drug-checking allows professionals to have a clear view of the consumption scene, in addition to identify the new psychoactive substances on the market. The technique used by DrogArt are colorimetric tests; the technique is explained and described in the video.
Slovenia has investigated the motivations for which a consumer decides to take advantage of the drug checking and which are the reasons for impediment. Dr Matej Sande explains what are the benefits for consumers who decide to use the drug checking service starting from getting information on how to use drugs with low risk as possible.
Dr. Matej Sande – President Ass. Drogart, Špela Dovžan professional educator, Dr. Milan Krek National Institute of Public Health, Simona Šabić professional educator – The Service of Drug Cheking in Slovenia-7.13”
Outreach work provide different services to any populations who might not otherwise have access to those services.
“We go where we get the best contact with users which builds and improves our work and experiences”
The main aim of outreach work is harm reduction and risk reduction for partygoers and for problems that can arise from recreational drug use or addiction.
The approach avoid the condemnation of drugs, always active and without judjement.
The main target is composed of young and adult consumers and the secondary target is composed of various actors that deal with nighlife, namely managers, organizers, DJs, barmens, security staffs and even police.
Both videos accurately describe the steps of constructing an intervention and how it is performed.
Slovenia (DrogArt) and Italia (Cooperativa Alice, ASL TO 4, CNCA) agree on the importance of having peer operators involved in the team and the continuous training for all operators.
Elisa Fornero – Baonps project coordinator – The Baonps Project and the Outreach Interventions in Italy – 13.33′‘
Špela Dovžan, Lavra Vrlič and Marko Verdenik – Drogart team – Drogart’s Outreach activities in Slovenia – 7.13”
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