Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 18:26.
When I was 11 years old, I was molested by my 76 year old neighbour.
I remember almost everything about that day. The blue pants I was wearing, the weather, the sound of a basketball bouncing outside. He said, “if you don't tell anyone, I promise never to do it again”. In a way, I think it changed my life forever. By any means, the next few years to come were hellish. Everyday as my school bus would turn the corner on to my street, I would pray, I hope, I would fumble, just asking God for my molester not to be watering his lawn as we pulled up. It felt like Russian roulette. You just never knew. All I wanted was to avoid him, but our houses were attached, and that was practically impossible.
He even came to our house for dinner. I would hide in my little brothers room. I didn't eat. I just wanted to disappear. But when you're that young, there is simply nowhere to go. So you just fold inwards, looking for something greater than yourself. Finally, when I was 17, I told my parents. It came after an incident where my molester had actually successfully kicked me out of my own house after reporting on a house party that I had thrown while my parents were away. My parents did nothing. When I told them that we should report him to the police, they said there was nothing the police could do.
Nothing the police can do. That's something that repeated itself in my mind frequently. The idea that someone could do something terrible to you, but that there was nothing anyone, not even the people charged with protecting you, could do. For years, I believed it. It's exactly for that reason that I believe that the woman who were assaulted by Jian Ghomeshi chose not to come forward sooner, because maybe they legitimately believed that there was nothing that anyone could do.
When the story out of Jian Ghomesh first came out, I had no idea who he was. Although I'm Canadian, I've spent my adult life in New York. In the beginning, I thought the story would be one quick to fade. But as articles kept filling my newsfeed, I started paying more attention. And so I came to the realization of how collectively important it was to have this story surface. To just get people talking about this stuff. Given the statistics of sexual assault, it is absolutely certain that another 11 year old child who has been the victim of sexual misconduct is watching the news, who has not told anyone yet, and who is slowly coming to realize that he or she is not alone. I want these children to know, unlike I knew when I was 11 year olds, that there is something that the police can do. I want them to know that not telling anyone is not the only to make sure that this will never happen to them again.
Jian Ghomeshi's recent arrest is living proof of that.
- Written by SC, past Trip! Project outreach worker
Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:18.
At a festival recently, I heard a story from a festival attendee discussing how someone in front of them started convulsing. They were shocked and immediately put their hand in the seizing person’s mouth. In their mind, they had seen a few episodes of House and figured that they were helping stop the seizing person from choking on their tongue.
The commonly held belief that someone having a seizure can choke on their tongue is absolutely a myth. The person sticking their hand in the mouth of a stranger obviously had good intentions – but they were putting both themselves and the person who was having the seizure at risk of injury and transmission of blood borne illnesses. This post will cover how you should help a person who is having a drug induced seizure and keep them (and you!) safe.
What causes a seizure?
Seizures can be triggered by epilepsy, but this post is specifically about drug induced seizures. Seizures are a common side effect after physically withdrawing from long term (or heavy binging) alcohol, ghb, benzo or barbiturate use. Seizures can also occur from most recreational drugs including: alcohol, ghb, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamine, antidepressants, and prescription medications (even certain anti-allergy drugs and antibiotics are known to trigger seizures). They are more likely to happen when a person mixes multiple substances together, or after someone hasn’t slept in a few days and has been up partying. It’s also common for someone to have a seizure while overdosing.
FUN FACT: we all have our own personal “seizure threshold” meaning given the right conditions, it could happen to literally anyone. Along with drugs there are a few other things that can lower someones seizure threshold some of those are: not eating properly, overheating, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, an infection, flashing lights, a head injury and low blood sugar.
Here are a few things you can do to help lower your risk of having a seizure:
Seizures are triggered by altered electrical activity in the brain caused by complex chemical changes in nerve cells. Brain cells can become too excited or just stop communicating with other cells. Usually there is a balance of brain cells that excite and stop messages – when this balance gets out of whack and there is too much or too little activity, this chemical change can cause a surge of electrical activity, triggering a seizure.
What is a seizure?
Seizures can look really scary or be so subtle they can be hard to identify. Often when folks think of seizures they imagine a very specific kind called a grand mal seizure. Although that kind of seizure is marked by sudden loss of consciousness and violent convulsions, there are more than twenty different types of seizures! Someone having a petit mal seizure might remain conscious and just have intense twitching or be very inattentive or zoned out for a few minutes.
What to do when someone is having a seizure
Remember: it’s a myth that someone can choke on their own tongue. Don’t ever try to put anything in a seizing person’s mouth (like a wallet or water and definitely not your hands!). Anything you put in their mouths can be a choking hazard.
When to call an ambulance
Following up with a doctor is always a good idea, just to rule out things other than substance use, like tumours or viruses.
Some folks can be prone to having drug induced seizures and know the specific substances that could set them off. Be sure to tell your friends if you have a history of seizures before you start partying and what they can do if it happens. In many cases, a properly handled seizure is not life threatening and just another risk to be aware of when you’re partying hard.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 22:38.
Testing kits can help you identify what a substance is so you can decide how or if you want to take it. When getting drugs from someone or the internet you can't be 100% sure what it really is, even if it's from a friend. You can use a testing kit to get more info!
Email us at info(at)tripproject(dot)ca to get more info about picking up your kit in person from downtown Toronto or you can order them directly online here !
Just say KNOW!
Submitted by admin on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:16.
If you do synthetic street drugs that are sold as powder, crystals, or pills, the following techniques for "cleaning" drugs may be of interest to you.
One of the simpler methods of purifying your drugs is called an alcohol wash. The premise is that some impurities/cuts will not dissolve as much in alcohol as the actual drug. This works especially well with coke, since it is very soluble in alcohol. It will remove some but not all of the levamisole/tetramisole in coke.
Supplies: Drugs to clean, 2 clean glass or ceramic containers, lab or coffee filters, something to measure small quantities of liquid with (usually you can get a free 10ml oral syringe from any major pharmacy chain by asking for one), internet access, and the purest alcohol you can get. if you can have somebody bring it in from out of province or the U.S, pure ethanol over 90% is best. Sold as Alcool Global 94% in Quebec, Everclear/Spirytus 95/96% in the U.S. Next best is 99% isopropyl alcohol from a pharmacy, make sure it's 99%, not normal rubbing alcohol. After that, some LCBOs sell a 75.5% proof Spirytus, don't get Bacardi 151 unless you want your drugs to have non-alcoholic rum residue in them. In a pinch, normal vodka will work but not nearly as well as those above, and you'll lose a lot more of whatever you're cleaning to the process.
How much alcohol you'll use will depend on what you're cleaning, and how soluble it is in the solvent you've got. For example, cocaine HCl (which is what you'll have if you bought coke that isn't rocked up into crack) is soluble in water at 1.8 grams per millilitre of distilled water, that means every millilitre of water can dissolve 1.8 grams of coke. In pure ethanol (drinking alcohol) it takes 3.2ml to dissolve a gram. That means, in 94% alcohol, you'll need about 2.8ml per gram, just call it 3ml since you'll lose a bit to evaporation and the sides of your container. If you have a toaster oven, set it for about 150F, cover the top of your container with a glass plate, and wait for it to come up to temperature. The plate will have to sit flush with the container so the alcohol doesn't escape. Heating the alcohol is optional, but will improve your results. If you do heat it, make sure you pick up the container with oven mits or a folded towel, because it will be hot. While hot, dissolve your coke in the alcohol and stir to help it dissolve. You can then let it cool to room temperature and pour it through your filter into the other container. Before pouring, wet the filter paper with a bit of alcohol that doesn't have coke in it. Anything less soluble than coke will now be left in the filter, and your cleaner coke will be in the alcohol. Pour the alcohol onto a flat plate and let it sit until it evaporates, which will leave behind your coke. You can use light heat to help it evaporate faster, but make sure it's under 175F and absolutely no open flames. Once it's almost dry, chop it up finely and let it sit for another 48 hours to get all of the alcohol out, especially if you used alcohol not meant for drinking. It may look like a weird white paste before it's completely dry, don't be alarmed if that happens.
To wash other drugs with alcohol, just look up how soluble they are in the solvent you're using (liquid that you'll be dissolving your drugs in) and adjust the figures accordingly. If the solubility is lower than 30ml per gram it's probably not worth doing.
Another method of cleaning your drugs is called an acetone wash. This will improve the purity of most drugs if done correctly, but will not get rid of most cuts that are drugs themselves. If your mdma has speed, PMA, lidocaine, etc. in it that will still be in it at the end. This is best for getting rid of things that whomever manufactured your drugs left behind due to greed, laziness, or incompetence. It will also get rid of caffeine. If you have mdma that's dark brown and smells strongly, it will be white and mostly odourless when you're done. Warning: Acetone is very flammable, unhealthy to breathe in, and it dissolves paint, varnish, plastic and styrofoam among other things. Keep away from open flames, keep a window open, and only use clean glass, ceramic, or metal containers. This does not work for any drugs that are in freebase form, like crack or DMT.
Supplies: Acetone (available at most hardware stores. Make sure the container just says it has acetone in it, don't just get any bottle from the paint thinners sections). To test if your acetone is clean, pour a little bit onto a clean glass/ceramic/metal surface and see if it leaves residue behind when it evaporates. If it doesn't, you're good. Epsom salts (should be available at most pharmacies, make sure they're unscented and not sea salt/ something else). An oven or toaster oven, coffee filters, clean glass/ceramic containers, and a mortar and pestle.
First you're going to want to "dry" your acetone. Dry acetone means it has no water in it, water is bad because even a little bit will cause you to lose some of your drugs. To do this, crush up epsom salts in your mortar and pestle and put them in the oven on high for 3-4 hours. This will take all the water out of the epsom salts, and they will now absorb water from the atmosphere, or your acetone. Put the equivalent of roughly 1/5 of your container of acetone in dried epsom salts into the acetone container. Give it a good shaking for about a minute, and let it sit for a day. You now have dry acetone. Don't shake the container before using and pour slowly from the top layer so you don't pour out epsom salts with it. Pour it through a coffee filter to make sure you don't get any epsom salt in your drugs. If you have a glass eyedropper and patience, it's better to just use that to siphon acetone off the top and leave all the epsom salt at the bottom. Crush your drugs finely, and depending on how much you're washing put them in an acetone friendly container of appropriate size. Probably a shot glass. Then pour your filtered, dry acetone on top, enough to cover your drugs plus a little room at the top. The acetone will absorb impurities and some cuts, but not your drugs. Stir it around a bit with an acetone friendly utensil, (glass or metal) and let it sit for maybe 10 minutes. Then take a clean container with a new coffee filter on it, and wet the coffee filter with a bit of acetone. You can then pour in the contents of your shot glass. Save the coffee filter and scrape any residue from the shot glass. Let the acetone evaporate off and you can then retrieve your drugs from the coffee filter. If you're curious, you can also let all the acetone from the other container evaporate which will leave behind all the impurities that were removed, otherwise just dispose of it or keep it in a closed container to reuse later.
If you apply both of these techniques to your drugs they will become even cleaner. Keep in mind these techniques only work if what you bought as MDMA/coke/whatever actually contains MDMA/coke/whatever. If you wash a mystery E pill you'll still have mystery powder at the end, albeit cleaner mystery powder.
Links to resources on this topic: http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=29652 http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=27089 http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=38798 https://www.dmt-nexus.me/forum/default.aspx?g=posts&t=46821
Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:27.
On Friday April 11th, Toronto City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti introduced a motion to prevent agreements with Electronic Dance Music promoters who wish to rent the city’s publicly owned buildings on The Exhibition grounds.
The motion passed with a vote of 4-3. Mammoliti was thrilled, “We’re talking 5600 kids, many of them taking ecstasy on government lands owned by the taxpayers, I just think it’s wrong to be sending that message,” he said. “I don’t see the logic in that, if the private industry wants to have the venues in a private location then so be it.”
However, death from club drugs are rare. According to the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario between 2002 and 2010 only 17 deaths in Toronto were related to MDMA and ecstasy use. 10 of the people who died were over the age of 40. Meaning less than 1 youth a year died from ecstasy or MDMA use.
Furthermore, this motion goes directly against a long standing “Establishment of Late Night Entertainment Event Protocol (including Raves) and Co-ordinated Response to Inquest Recommendations into the Death of Allen Ho.” The protocol was adopted in August of 2000 and specifically recommends Exhibition Place a s a safe place to hold dance parties.
The Exhibition also created a protocol to ensure safety at dance related events held on the grounds. A number of harm reduction techniques must be used by event organizers including: paid duty police officers, private security, turnstiles and ambulance services on site at all times.
However noble, Councillor Mammoliti’s desire to protect children from the evils of raving may seem misguided.
Toronto’s rave community is notably upset by this decision and has started an online petition urging for it’s reversal.
Many community members feel that the motion was made due to the political sway of Muzik Nightclub owner Zlatko Starkovski. On January 14th, Mr. Starkovski wrote a letter to the chairman of the Exhibition and Councillor Mark Grimes, which stated:
In recent months the Exhibition Place has seen several competing events in both the Better Living Centre and the Direct Energy Centre. While we recognize the competitive nature of our business, this has caused Muzik problems in booking the talent for own shows on other nights. Muzik and the Exhibition Place are a destination venue. Our patrons come here one night a week specifically for our club, many from outside Toronto. If there is similar content and acts being hired on another or the same night, at the same location, we have will not be able to continue our successful programing.
Additionally, Exhibition Place staff have met with Mr. Starkovski and suggested he
consider the possibility of promoting a major EDM concert similar to the ones held on the
grounds in September and December 2013.
Muzik is not affected by this ban and stands to gain significantly from the decision. It has become increasingly obvious that harm reduction and safety was not the primary motivator in the decision to ban EDM events from The Exhibition.
When questioned about the possible negative effects of this decision, such as forcing the all ages scene underground, Mr Starkovski stated, “there is no underground scene, [this] means 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 year old children will be at home safe.” He is also quoted as saying, “My biggest concern is that [electronic dance music concerts] are mixing 12-year-old girls with 50-year-old men.”
If you would like to see EDM events continue to be held at the Exhibition, which are safe and suitable for all ages, there are a number of ways you can help.
By a Trip! Project volunteer
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:26.
by Lisa Campbell
On top of this important meeting with the Canadian Delegation, the CSSDP National Chair Nazlee guest blogged for the CND Blog hosted by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) for the first time today. She covered the Committee of the Whole in the morning (which covered resolutions E/CN.7/2014/L.2 andE/CN.7/2014/L.8), and a side event titled, “COPOLAD: Evidence-Based Tools and Resources Available for CELAC and EU Countries” in the afternoon. All of her posts are now available on the CND blog and have been linked for the convenience of our readers here. As is the tone of the CND Blog, Nazlee’s posts reported on exactly what was said in these sessions without adding personal reflection.
Written by Lisa Campbell, we snagged this post from the CSSDP.org blog
Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:27.
On Tuesday March 18 Central Toronto Community Health Center will be running its first Youth Moving, a movement meditation program for youth, age 16-29.
Movement meditation is a great way for individuals to explore themselves and their emotions, tap into group connectedness, and promote a sense of well-being.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/1471105179775270/
Submitted by admin on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 22:33.
It goes without saying that all research chemicals / designer drugs / novel psychoactive substances must be treated with an abundance of caution, even more than would be applied to "traditional" psychoactives (ones with a longer and more studied history of use). As such, we tend not to spend a lot of time singling out particular ones as more risky than others, unless they are being remarketed as substances which they are not, sold without accurate labeling, etc - the general rules still apply.
Do your research, realize that you may discover problematic effects that other users have yet to report, start small if you are trying something out, and have a friend "sit" you in case you run into trouble!
Nonetheless, a warning come across our desk (booth?) recently via the bluelight forums, and it is an unusually serious one.
Although this warning was initially posted in the summer, the company in question is still distributing the exact brands and chemicals described, even offering free samples. There is a fair chance that you, your friend or your local head shop could wind up with something from this list. If you encounter a person or a business in possession of these, please pass along this warning!
Text below has been quoted from the bluelight thread, and "AM-HI-CO" refers to a specific vendor while the rest of the given name is the specific pill branding.
Highly questionable party pills, which according to the vendor/manufacturer contain para-chloroamphetamine / 1-(4-chlorophenyl)propan-2-amine. All products of this producer marked with a 3 contain the proven neurotoxin. These are, in alphabetical order:
AM-HI-CO BENZO EXTREME 3
Vendors stocking it are listing this item stating it contains "4-chloroamphetamine ; 1-(4-chlorophenyl)propan-2-amine"
This substance, 4-CA (or PCA, para-Chloroamphetamine) , is a highly neurotoxic substance that selectively destroys serotonin receptors and is in fact used in animal testing as a toxin to give lab animals permanent serotonergic brain damage needed for certain experiments.
This is not a novel drug that might be bad, its a very well known substance that is highly neurotoxic among a wide range of mammals, and is in fact used as a neurotoxin in animal testing for many decades.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 00:55.
Ketamine (also known as K or Special K) has been known to be habit-forming. Some people establish routines of repeated use and find them difficult to break. Regular users may experience distress and extreme cravings when trying to quit. Furthermore, tolerance can build up pretty quickly with frequent use. The following symptoms typically occur when people binge on ketamine or use it frequently. These symptoms are less common for those who do not use ketamine on a regular basis (approximately 2-3 times a week).
Heavy use of ketamine can cause the user to experience severe abdominal pains known as “k-pains.” The pain is caused by the inflammation of the hepatic and common bile ducts, which connect the gallbladder to the liver. K pains are often extremely agonizing. Although taking more ketamine may temporarily take away the pain, it will likely only worsen the condition in the end. Depending on the severity of the inflammation, the pain can last a few minutes or up to a few days.
It does appear that the bile duct returns to normal after cessation of ketamine use, although the long term effects on the gall bladder, bile ducts, and liver are still unknown.
Bladder and Urinary Tract Irritation and Damage
The symptoms of ketamine bladder irritation/damage are:
Sometimes people or doctors will confuse these symptoms with those of a urinary tract infection or UTI. Ketamine bladder damage and UTIs are not the same thing and should be treated differently, although they may appear at the same time.
If you are experiencing genital or bladder pains:
Moderation is important with Special K! If you do a lot of ketamine in a single sitting, or you use constantly for days, you are are more prone to damage. If you’re going to use K, you need to drink water to help prevent it from irritating your insides! We recommend you drink water even when you’re not on drugs, cause water’s awesome and aids in maintaining good health! But it’s very important to remember to drink plenty of water when you’re using K, especially if you’re using a lot. Just remember to eat some food or get some electrolytes (i.e. sports drinks, though beverages with little sugar are preferable). It’s good to drink water the day after as well because K is turned into other chemicals which stay in your body until the day after you use, which may also cause irritation. If you’re sufficiently hydrated, this may aid in drug metabolism and flushing toxins from the body. If you do end up with the symptoms listed above, keep drinking water, and cutting out K would be a good idea as well (or you can risk serious life-changing damage to your body).
Cranberry juice and/or cranberry extract supplements can help minimise the chances of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs) that are common in ketamine users. However, although cranberry juice may help prevent UTIs, it has no therapeutic effect if taken after bladder irritation has occurred, and it may even trigger more pain and irritation as it is naturally very acidic.
Avoiding other foods and beverages that may irritate your bladder such as artificial sugars, chocolate, coffee, tea, soda, and fruit juices may be beneficial as well.
It is also very important to try to refrain from mixing ketamine with other drugs (like alcohol for instance), as this can add to the strain on your body.
Ketamine can increase the general acidity levels in your body, and most of us already eat a diet that is off-balance towards acidity. Here is a list of foods that will help balance your pH levels (it's not always intuitive - lemons are acidic at first but don't act as an acidic food once they've been digested!).
Ketamine damages the bladder in a similar way to another condition called interstitial cystitis. Following the guidelines for treatment and self-help for this condition may help to varying degrees with ketamine bladder syndrome. You can find info and links here: http://ketaminebladdersyndrome.com/KBS/Self-Help.html
You can see a urologist to treat your bladder with instillations (liquids put inside the bladder) or oral medications to help your bladder heal and make it less sensitive so you don’t have to pee so much. If your bladder becomes severely damaged, you may need surgery to rebuild it or remove it. If you get your bladder removed, you will have to wear a bag to collect your urine. You may experience loss of sexual function as well. If you suffer kidney damage, you may need dialysis (which involves getting your blood filtered by a machine).
Ketamine Bladder Syndrome:
One man’s personal story of K use:
Hong Kong K Pains case study
Toronto Ketamine bladder Case Study (St. Michaels hospital)
A review of 233 cases of Ketamine use Hong Kong http://www.hkmj.org/article_pdfs/hkm1002p6.pdfFor more information on ketamine generally, check out our other TRIP resources:
Submitted by admin on Sat, 09/07/2013 - 16:39.
On International Drug Overdose Awareness Day this year, two people died at Electric Zoo, an EDM festival in New York. Our thoughts are with friends and family of these victims of the drug war and we are talking with local festival organizers about what we as an organization and as a community can do in our ongoing effort to keep partiers and drug users as safe possible.
In 2011 between 102,000 and 247,000 people died from drug overdoses around the world. On August 31 take part in International Drug Overdose Awareness day and help prevent and reduce the stigma around drug related deaths.
- Wear silver on August 31st to show your support or pay tribute to someone you’ve lost.
Take Action & Work Towards Prevention:
Know Your Source & Start Small
Try to obtain drugs of any kind from trusted and known sources. Start with a lower dose to test that you got what you paid for. You can never be 100% sure what is in a substance. You can also contact us about purchasing an adulterant screening kit.
Try not to mix drug use with alcohol consumption or other drugs (we know, it’s tough).
Try something new with a friend who is experienced with that substance. They can help you understand if what you are feeling is “normal.”
Read all the information that comes with your prescription medication. If you experience adverse side effects speak with your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.
Speak with you doctor about the risks involved with mixing any prescription drugs with illegal drugs or alcohol. If you are uncomfortable speaking with someone directly you can email , tweet or text the TRIPwire (647) 822-6435 us with questions or check out ‘Here To Help’ for more information on dangerous drug combinations.
Know The Signs & Symptoms:
The signs and symptoms of an overdose are different depending on the substance. The following sites give a good overview:
Know Your Rights:
Depending on where you are located you may be protected from criminal prosecution if you seek emergency help for a drug overdose. These laws are known as Good Samaritan Laws. This law was famously used in New York State when Jon Bon Jovi’s daughter was rescued after suffering a Heroine overdose.
If this type of law is not in effect where you live (like in Canada for example) you can still seek help and protect yourself from legal woes:
- If you're at an event, send someone to find the EMS workers onsite and send someone else to call 911. Stay with the person until help arrives, doing any first aid or CPR required that you've been trainined to do.
- When you call 911 you do not have to mention that the emergency is drug related. Instead you can say the victim has just stopped breathing or suffered a heart attack. Give as much information as you can about their symptoms like an estimated time of the attack or how long they’ve been passed out for.
- Put away any drug paraphernalia that you have on your bodies or out in the area.
- If the overdose victim is functioning well enough, take them outside (or even to the hallway outside of the house/apartment/venue) and wait with them for help. First responders do not need to enter a house and you are not required to let police in without a warrant.
Seek Harm Reduction Training:
You can learn to administer Naloxone, which helps to counteract an opiate/opioid overdose at The Works anytime they’re open or at The Central Toronto Community Health Centre on every 3rd monday of the month, 1-3pm. The training only takes 20 minutes and it could help you save a life.
CPR training is offered by St. John’s Ambulance.
Email TRIP to apply for the next volunteer training session this fall (beginning October 2!)
The Essential Point:
If you suspect an overdose, call 911 and stay with the person. Every second counts! When the Emergency Medical Staff arrive, you can tell them the specific substances taken so they can more effectively treat treat the person. Worst case scenario, legal issues are still better than death.