You may have heard about a brown powder – sold as MDMA, that has been linked to some hospitalizations recently (more info on the High Alert website).
The NZ Drug Foundation is running a drug checking clinic on Friday 10th June 3pm – 7pm so people who are concerned can get their drugs checked. If you can’t get to a drug checking clinic, here’s some tips if you're considering using drugs sold as MDMA right now:
- Consider holding off on taking it until you can get it checked.
- Swallow it in a cap or mix it in a non-alcoholic drink – this will mean that the effects hit you slower and there’s more time to get medical help if needed.
- Avoid mixing with other substances, especially other stimulants (e.g. energy drinks, amphetamines, alcohol, and anxiety/depression medications). The hospitalizations look like they were caused by a strong stimulant and mixing two stimulants together can raise your risk of health complications.
- Avoid using alone. Have a buddy who can help if things go wrong.
- Take less than you usually would to check how it affects you.
- Avoid redosing (taking more) or allow more time in between.
- Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else has a racing heart or other unusual symptoms after taking this substance.
In general, if you’ve got a drug and you can’t get it tested, go slow and get help if you’re having a bad reaction – you won’t get in trouble for calling an ambulance. You deserve medical support just like everyone else.
Otago University researched ranked 23 drugs by they harm they cause to individuals and communities. Here's the results.
We talk to a psychotherapist about looking after your mental health during and after a psychedelic trip, and how to make sense of your experience.