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High Demand for Berlin’s Drug-Testing Initiative Reveals Alarming Results

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High Demand for Berlin’s Drug-Testing Initiative Reveals Alarming Results

Berlin’s drug testing initiative, known as drugchecking.berlin, has been overwhelmed by the demand for its free drug testing services, revealing concerning trends in the substances being consumed.

This initiative, designed to promote drug safety and awareness, has gained significant attention in the rave scene and beyond. It offers free drug testing for individuals interested in assessing the safety of their substances.

The response has been so overwhelming that the initiative had to turn away approximately 380 potential clients due to its limited capacity, according to a spokesperson for the Senate Administration.

Here’s how the initiative works: Clients send in samples of their substances, which are then analyzed anonymously and legally by the State Institute for Forensic and Social Medicine (SIFSM). The results are typically available within three days, either by phone or in person.

Drugchecking.berlin aims to empower consumers to make informed decisions about their drug use, minimize associated risks, and detect new consumption trends. It also serves to identify contaminated black market products.

Since its launch in early June, the initiative has issued a ‘warning’ label for 428 samples. These warnings are given for various reasons, including incorrect labeling, impurities in the drugs, and unusually potent substances. The most frequently tested substances include ecstasy, ketamine, amphetamine, mephedrone, cocaine, and LSD.

This report serves as a critical reminder for those engaged in such activities to prioritize safety and be aware of the substances they are consuming, as well as the potential risks associated with them.

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