There are checking services in the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland. Some of these organisations also offer drug checking at festivals and parties with Check-in and Energy Control working at the biggest festivals in Spain and Portugal which attract many international visitors. Drug checking at a festival took place in the UK for the first time in the summer of 2016 and was led by The Loop!
Energy Control also offer an international drug checking service which costs €70- you can find out more on their website here.
If you aren’t able to access a checking service then you can try using a home reagent kit to find out if your pills are dodgy or your ketamine really is ketamine! Reagent testing can only identify the presence of a substance and cannot tell you anything about purity or quantities of different ingredients. It is still a good way to warn you of any potential adulterants and help you make more informed choices about the drugs you take.
So how can you check your drugs at home? Buy some reagents online, do some research and get checking. We have made a list of reagent sellers available online.
DanceSafe is a harm reduction organisation and collective in the USA.They have been providing harm reduction information, training and services for over 20 years. They are also selling reagents through their website and independant resellers. The organisation manufactures a whole range of reagents which can be bought to test phenlyamines, tryptamines and opioids.
DanceSafe sell individual plastic bottles of reagents which have droppers at neck of the bottle. There are helpful infographics and instructions on their website to help you decide which reagent to use for each substance and how to interpret the colour reaction.
You can find a their range of reagents on their website here. It is also possible to sign up as a reagent re-seller and help people access drug checking.