On the 18th of November, EZ Test had the privilege of charing a panel at the Harm Reduction International Conference – the foremost global forum for the exchange of information at the intersection of human rights, public health, and drug policy; a place for the international harm reduction community to gather.
Harm Reduction International (HRI) is a leading charity dedicated to reducing the adverse health, social and legal impacts of drug use and drug policy. The charity promotes the rights of people who use drugs and their communities through research and advocacy to help achieve a world where drug policies and laws contribute to healthier, safer societies.
EZ Test’s Warren Tranter hosted “Just say Know: How Drug Testing Can Support Harm Minimisation.”
Today, drug adulterants are changing. The increase in synthetics means users are at more and more risk of severe illness and overdose due to the influx of chemicals in common narcotics. This has been shifted by global drug policy that refuses to evolve and the pandemic, which has impacted supply lines.
Warren sat down with three experts in the field to have an open and honest discussion of how we got here and why government policy in the UK and beyond should be changed to support harm minimisation.
Guy Jones, who’s been involved with drug science since 2010, uses his chemistry background to support more technical and scientific ways to reduce drug harm. Guy is also with The Loop.
The session ran for an hour and a half and is available in its entirety below. Topics the panel discussed include how drug testing supports better harm minimisation, how legalisation would reduce the risks posed by addicts and weekend users. The panel shared their unique insights on how to combat black market adulterants, the prevalence of cutting agents, why we need to test cannabis and why the public should have greater access to testing kits.
If you’re interested in a no BS, straight and honest discussion about how our current drug policy is failing those most vulnerable, check it out: