DanceSafe has partnered with organizations across the globe to host the first annual International Day of Drug Checking on March 31, 2017, an initiative to raise awareness of the tools that exist to help mitigate risks for people who choose to use illicit drugs. Utilizing a “harm reduction” approach, public health organizations such as DanceSafe aim to provide health and safety information that is based on facts and that is presented in an unbiased manner.
While abstention is the only way to avoid all harms associated with drug use, people will choose to use drugs despite prohibition, harsh criminal penalties, and other risks. The goal, therefore, is to reduce drug-related harms or death by providing accurate drug information and useful health and safety services to people who choose to use drugs recreationally. Many organizations and agencies currently exist that provide services for physically dependent users, but few address the needs of recreational users, which constitute the majority of drug users.
DanceSafe has two fundamental operating principles: harm reduction and peer-based, popular education. Combining these two principles has enabled the organization to create successful, peer-based educational programs to reduce drug misuse and empower young people to make healthy, informed lifestyle choices. DanceSafe is known for bringing adulterant screening, or drug checking, to the rave and nightlife community in the U.S., and for distributing unbiased educational literature describing the effects and risks associated with the use of various drugs.