Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/13/2010 - 02:12.
TRIP! is conducting this survey to inform the work of the Toronto Safer
Nightlife Committee, which was created to prevent alcohol-related
violence and other harms in the Toronto bar/club scene. TRIP! provides
safer sex and safer drug use information and supplies to party people in
Toronto's diverse electronic music communities. We want to hear from
youth (aged 19 -29) about their views on safety issues in the club/bar
scene. Click the image above to take the survey today!
Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/26/2010 - 18:33.
The TRIP! Project was born in 1995 out of a need for appropriate drug and sex information within the Toronto rave scene. The act of partying often meant using drugs, and for some, being promiscuous. These activities, on their own as well as together, had the potential to put people at risk for drug dependencies, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and more. That's where TRIP came in. A recruitment process began with a community picnic, organized by Kim Stanford, at the time an HIV Educator working for Toronto Public Health. From there came the volunteers from within
the community, who contributed their time, energy and creativity into making TRIP! a unique and innovative drug and sex education project.
Years later the project is still alive and kicking! Help us celebrate our 15th Anniversary by contributing to a grassroots community photobook documenting Toronto party culture. This crowd sourced photobook will be a community historical document in order to celebrate 15 years of party culture. Photos of the TRIP! booth are encouraged, but all photos are welcome. From old school parties at the Better Living Centre to Om Festival, we want to see your photos of Toronto's party scene throught the ages. Send us your photos in the bottom of your shoe box, your scanned rave fliers, pictures from Connected, Destiny, Hullabaloo, Empire, Liquid Adrenalin, Citrus, New Mind Space, Goodfellaz and much more. We want to represent from the old school to the new school, so any photos are good photos.
Be sure to include information on who took the photo, where it was and the year to help us make our community time capsule.
Send us your photos today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org !
Submitted by admin on Sun, 04/25/2010 - 17:38.
need to feel too out of the loop, mephedrone has only very recently
been showing up in our scene and has been commonly referred to as Max
Volume in Toronto. Other names for it have included meow meow, stardust,
max volume, MCAT, bubbles or just plain “plant
food”. Mephedrone has been a
popular drug in the UK for quite some time now and was rated the fourth 4th more
popular club drug, lagging behind coke, ecstasy and cannabis.
has risen sharply in popularity in the UK because of its low price and
availability. The drug was not known to police until approximately three
ago, when mephedrone was reportedly linked to the death of two
teenagers in several newspapers. It's important to keep in mind that it
was later found that these deaths were not directly linked to use of the
what is it anyway?
(4-methylmethcathinone) is a stimulant which is closely chemically
related to amphetamines. Users have reported that mephedrone produces a
similar effect to drugs like amphetamines such as ecstasy and cocaine.
Mephedrone is a white, off-white or yellowish powder which is usually
snorted, but can also be ingested orally. This means that mephedrone may
also be showing up in pressed pills as well as in packed capsules.
can also be used as plant fertilizer and was up until recently widely
legally sold online under that purpose. Many websites that used to sell
it such as plantfood2u.com and plant-food.net are now closed due to
upcoming changes in the law which is making mephedrone nearly impossible
today to purchase online. Follow MephedroneMan on Twitter for current
updates on the the issues surrounding mephedrone.
What exactly does it do?
mephedrone is still an emerging substance, there isn't a whole load of
literature and research that has been done on it up to date. Even less
so on its long term effects. There are, however, a significant amount of
user reports. If you have used mephedrone and would like to share your
experiences, you can send them here. Other interesting anecdotal information
by users can be found here.
The onset is generally from 10-20 minutes after
consumption and has a duration of 2 to 3 hours, depending on the quality
of the drug as well as the user. The comedown is said to last an hour
but some users have reported not be able to sleep for some time as well
as an uncomfortable heart rate hours after consuming the drug.
to other stimulants, mephedrone has an impact on the heart and some
users report heart palpitations and irregular or racing heartbeat which
may last for quite some time after taking the drug. Other reported
effects have been blurred vision, hot flashes, muscle tension as well as
nausea and vomiting. As well as suppressing appetite, some
people have reported that their fingers turned blue after taking the
drug which may potentially be linked to bad blood circulation. If this
happening to you or a friend, discontinue use and seek help
who run the greatest risk of potential harm due to the bad blood
circulation are those with high blood pressure. As well, using during
pregnancy may harm the fetus by restricting blood flow thus resulting in
low birth weight and poor development.
What should I watch out for?
any other drug, you should be careful with what other substances you
mix mephedrone with. Another concern is that people have reported
compulsively (meaning over and over and over again)
taking the drug during a session. Some users have reported only
intending to do a bit of mephedrone but unwillingly finishing their
entire supply. This can lead to insomnia and heavy use in the long run
can lead to psychological dependency, just
like any amphetamine! It
is recommended that your space out your highs and start off with a low
things you should know:
legality in Canada is a murky area at the moment and much of the
information available about its legal status contradicts itself. To be
safe, you should treat mephedrone as an illegal substance when it comes
Remember- new drugs always have a lot of hype around
them. Before you make any decisions, be sure you know your sources!
Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 03:23.
A Dangerous Substance (Levamisole) is showing up with increasing
frequency in cocaine powder and crack cocaine! Levamisole is used to
treat worm infections in animals and it can severely reduce your number
of white blood cells.
There is no way of telling if your coke or crack is bad, it will
smell, taste and look the same!
If you use coke watch out for:
• High fever or chills
• Skin abscesses, unexplainable
bruising particularly on hands, feet or ears
• Painful anal or oral sores
• Lung infection that appears to be
developing more rapidly than usual
Seek Medical Attention Immediately!
PLEASE HAVE YOUR DOCTOR NOTIFY YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT!
Levamicoke. Anything but the real thing.
For more info:
Erowid Cocaine Vaults : Cocaine Adulterated with Levamisole on the Rise
Submitted by qnp on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 18:14.
Throughout the year we keep on getting messages from people across Canada telling us that they wish they had the TRIP! Project in their community. While we usually send out small care packages to communities outside of Toronto, there are a few TRIP! resources which are available for free across Canada, including shipping! The CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) Ordering Centre is a national resource for free HIV/AIDS and Hep C resources. CATIE will ship you any information you want right to your door step or community centre! It's now easier than ever to start your own harm reduction project, as it doesn't matter if you're a grassroots youth collective in Nunavut or an established social services agency-- it's all free!
For a few years CATIE has been including our Safer Snorting resource both in French and English . This month they've added two TRIP! resources to their roster, including both our Boyz on Boyz and Grrlz on Grrlz Sexual Health Postcards! We are so incredibly excited to be contributing to this national database and we hope that our materials will reach out across the country empowering youth to make health desicions about how they party. On our new postcards we've included room for you to personalize the resource and put in your own contact information. We are so pleased to be collaborating with CATIE again, and we hope to have more of our resources available in the future.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 20:13.
On January 30th 2010 at 9pm, the big purple building on the corner that was once referred to by some as "Crack and Pizza", will open it's doors one last time for Nocturnal Commission's and Embedded's Good to The Last Bop. For the past three decades, The Big Bop has been host to a variety of events catering to youth of all subcultures from punk, ska and goth to being Toronto's most notorious rave venue. To many, the close of the complex comes as sad news. As one of the few well known all-ages event spaces in city some argue that there will certainly be a decrease in the already limited number of all-ages parties. However many such as myself have seen the close as a kind of blessing and as the possibility of a re renewal in the search for new, cleaner, more positive feeling spaces for parties. There is nothing like the feeling that freshness brings. Instead of a loss to the nightlife community the close should be seen as a new era. The scene has changed over they years and it should be expected that change should take place in all areas.
We all have our favorite Big Bop memories. From talking for hours with our friends in the washroom, telling our moms we were sleeping at friends house while trying not to fall off of the fire escape, drinking until the sun came up and even having sex for some of us (See: i had sex at big bop Facebook group). Some of us made friends or got to know the friends we had even better. Others, for the first time, were able to express themselves in a way that they weren't comfortable doing in another environment. Hearts were broken and mended and cell phones were lost and found. So as we gather there for one last time on January 30th we should be reminded that the parties made it the place it was, and not the place that made the parties what they were.
We will miss the Big Bop!
Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 01:35.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, ON — January 2009
Check it OUT: “Empower: Youth, Arts and Activism: An
HIV/AIDS Activism Manual for Youth by Youth”
Button-Making, Fashion, YouTube Projects, Film-Making, Safer Sex
Organizing, and More!
The manual, Empower: Youth, Arts, and Activism, is designed for
youth by youth, and features a diverse range of projects put forward by
passionate, inspiring and fired-up individuals committed to social
change. Each individual, group and project is committed to challenging
social and structural issues around HIV and AIDS. From HIV positive
youth fighting stigma to peer education projects and safer sex parties,
this manual honours the work of communities creating spaces to talk
about the issues that matter most. And, each project is accomplished
with the use of art!
This youth, queer, and sex positive manual features work, interviews
and hot tips from the following youth activists and program:
- Prise Positive Take, Montréal
- Fashioning Change, YouthCARE, Toronto
- sprOUT/Compass, Griffin Centre, North Toronto
- PhotoVoice and the Francophone Project, GAAP, Toronto
- The Sense Project: Head & Hands, Montréal
- No Pants No Problem! Safer Sex Party Organizing, from Montréal to
- Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Turtle Island
- Innovative HIV Prevention by Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention
(Black CAP), Toronto
- Playing it Safe Project, YouthCO AIDS Society, Vancouver
- Visual Artist, Jenn Yee.
Partners of Empower: Youth, Arts, and Activism – An HIV/AIDS Arts
Activism Manual for Youth by Youth
Youth Action Network (YAN)
Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention
Centre for Urban Health
Printing of the manual has been generously supported by CATIE.
To order a FREE copy of the manual please visit the
CATIE Ordering Centre at www.catie.ca after
the launch. CATIE Centre Catalogue Number ATI-26158. Copies also
available for download.
For more information about Empower, please visit www.empoweryouth.ca or contact
Sarah Switzer, managing editor at email@example.com.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 23:47.
Found from DanceSafe
E-News Issue No. 4
February 1-7, 2001
Interview by Jane Tseng, DanceSafe
The Toronto Raver Info Project (TRIP) is a community based peer education and harm reduction group in Toronto, Canada. TRIP was founded approximately five years ago and works out of Queen West Health Center. They have established themselves as experts in health issues surrounding the late night dance music scene in Toronto through their community forums and booth outreach services at events. In light of recent events in New Orleans, E-News talked with Erin Lewis, Project Director of TRIP about how they worked with city officials and the rave community a year and a half ago when the city of Toronto placed a ban on raves.
E-News: How would you compare the recent events surrounding raves in the United States to the government crackdown on
raves in Toronto last year?
Lewis: There are a lot of things that are very familiar, they sound very much like what was going on here in Toronto last year. The city was saying that raves are warehouses of sin. There was story in the newspaper wherethey took pictures of ecstasy pills and put them next to a table full of guns, saying that all of these drugs and these guns were confiscated at raves, when the reality is that there has never been a gun found out a rave in Toronto. They really sort of played up on the hazards of the environment saying that there weren't any washrooms and people were filling their water bottles up out of toilets and things like that. In response, what they did was ban raves off of the city's property, because the city doesn't support this kind of behavior. They said "You can't have anything there, because your parties are too dangerous". The problem was that the city property, the exhibition grounds in Toronto, is the most safe environment for large gatherings of people, because that is what it was built for. It is adequately zoned, it has exits, hundreds of toilets, running water, and its own security.
E-News: How did the ban on raves and the negative public attention on the rave scene affect the harm reduction work that TRIP does?
Lewis: Trip actually had to sit through this inquest into the death of a guy who died on ecstasy a year and a half ago at a party. We went through having our information out there on trial...having all of these powerful people from the city pulling apart everything in our information, telling us, "You're promoting drug use." They were saying that information like ours contributed to his death, and that we were making people want to use drugs. That was absolute hell. But we're still kicking, right?
E-News: What steps did TRIP and the community take to react to the government crackdown?
Lewis: We did a lot as TRIP and the Toronto Dance Safety Committee, whose chair was the project manager of TRIP at that time. The Party People Project, which is a community activism project that started out of one of TRIP's community forums, is a group of about 150 people from the rave community in Toronto that also happened to be politically active. They were also very loud and very political. They took every measure to fight the government in the crackdown and really worked to mobilize themselves. When the city government was deciding whether or not to keep the ban in place, the Party People Project and the Toronto Dance Safety Committee put together a huge information package and an accompanying video that really went in depth to dispel all of these myths about the community. They did a lot of political lobbying. One of the things that we did was to organize a large rally at city hall and we were able to pull together about 20,000 people for
that. We had say "Hey, we're here, and we dance, and its not just ravers that you would be shutting down through this crackdown".
E-News: Did the rave community enlist the support of any other organizations?
Lewis: The way that everything was worded in this government crackdown meant that if they were going to be banning raves, they would be banning a number of large exhibitions through the city, a number of multi-cultural festivals, the gay pride ball, and things like that. It really alarmed a number of other communities as well. We really worked to get their support, and to help to fight this.
E-News: When the city lifted the ban on raves, did the govornment create more regulations on how parties would be thrown?
Lewis: The protocols for safer dance events was initially carried out by the Toronto Dance Safety Committee, which is affiliated with TRIP. We were very closely involved in writing that protocols and working with the city to find some room for agreement. The police force, and the city of Toronto, and the media were really working together on this to shut down the scene and there are a lot of residual affects from that. There are a lot of protocals in place that make it really hard for people to throw parties in Toronto. It has caused a lot of division among the rave community. People started finger-pointing. Who wants to work with the city on something as sacred as your dance floor? We shouldn't be in this situation anyway. But unfortunately, we had no choice. All of these promoters in the city and all of the party kids in the city could get busted if we hadn't worked with the city to find some common ground. The biggest fight around that was to define what constitutes a rave, and what constitutes a raver. That was a really tough one to define. We had to be very choosy with our words, and very careful as to how we would define a rave, so that other groups that throw events that aren't necessarily raves, wouldn't fall into the same sort of situation.
E-News: What experience or advice can you give on how to deal with a situation where your community is being unfairly targeted?
Lewis: You have to be really proactive. You have to say, "we're going to fight this, we're going to win."
Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 22:04.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- December 21, 2009 - Teva
Animal Health, Inc. is expanding a nationwide voluntary recall of
Ketamine Hydrochloride Injection, USP CIII 100mg/mL in 10mL vials for
all lot numbers within their expiration dates to the Veterinary Level.
This product had previously been recalled to the distributor level and
is being expanded as a result of an increased trend in serious adverse
events associated with this product.
Veterinarians who have this product in their possession are
instructed to cease using the product immediately and return it to
Ketamine Hydrochloride is a rapid acting, non-narcotic,
non-barbiturate agent for anesthetic use in cats and for restraint in
subhuman primates. This recall is being conducted as a result of an
increased trend in serious adverse events associated with this product,
including lack of effect, prolonged effect, and death and involves all
lot numbers within expiration.
Teva Animal Health, Inc is voluntarily recalling the aforementioned product. The FDA has been apprised of this action.
Consumers with questions may contact 800-759-3664 from 8:00am – 5:00pm CST Monday-Friday.
More information here with complete list of brand recall.
Submitted by qnp on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 02:06.
Mephedrone (aka 4-methylmethcathinone)
Max Volume aka M-Cat
- feels euphoric, somewhere between cocaine and MDMA, but different than either. Closer to MDMA, but just as expensive or more than coke!
- is much better than MDMA for sex (most people on MDMA don't get horny at all, some can't get erections -- no problems like that here)
- trip comes on and ends very suddenly (bang, there it is... bang, where'd it go?)
- lots of people say it gives them a compulsion to redose, but each time is less effective
- burns like hell when snorted and tastes disgusting (especially the drip) but feels great enough that lots of people think the initial pain is worth it
- strong smell (one user on Erowid compared it to ammonia)
- fast onset (10-20 minutes), medium-short duration (2-3 hours), somewhat of an unpleasant crash for about an hour, not much of a hangover at all
- a common dose with pretty decent effects seems to be 100 mg. 50 mg seems too mild for some and 200 can be overwhelming.
- very caustic (ie, it burns), so causes quite a lot of damage to the nose, sinus and back of the throat when snorted
- high potential for addiction, seems a lot worse for that than MDMA, partly because of the short duration and sudden end making people want to redose
- rather toxic. LD-50 is totally unknown and we only have a vague idea of the long term health effects, but everything we know suggests it's potentially bad news. Handful of deaths, lots more hospitalizations, plenty more adverse reactions that didn't seek medical help
- one of its metabolites, 4-methylephedrine, is a potent vasoconstrictor, which means it causes your blood vessels to squeeze up, which means that it's really dangerous to use if you've got high blood pressure or are pregnant (vasoconstrictors during pregnancy lead to the fetus not getting enough blood supply, leading in turn to poor development and low birth weight)
- in the a lot of the described adverse reactions, people report skin turning blue or purple. If you notice this happening, get help immediately!
For more info see: