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In late January, Seattle approved the first official "safe injection" sites in the US. Although technically illegal under federal law, the local county and city say these sites are necessary to reduce health risks of the increased use of heroin and other opioids. Some US organizations now also give out Naloxone and IM syringes, distributed as "overdose reversal kits".

It's heartening to have civil administrations in the US recognize and endorse the basic concept of harm reduction. Such locations could be amazing community resources, offering life-saving training and tools to users, as well as to family and friends. These moves towards harm reduction could save many lives.
In History...111 Years Ago This Month
In February 1906, Jean Lanfray, a French laborer in Switzerland, murdered his wife and child and was quickly convicted, then committed suicide. His lawyers blamed the murders on his ingestion of 2 glasses of absinthe (accompanied by 7 glasses of wine, 6 glasses of cognac, 2 brandy-laced coffees, and a crème de menthe). The event contributed to a rising moral panic against the wormwood-infused liquor, leading to absinthe being banned in Switzerland, then across most of Europe.
Events
Women & Cannabis Salon
(March 4 & 5) in the Bay Area, California, USA
http://visionarycongress.org/women-and-cannabis-salon/

Women's Visionary Congress is hosting two days of workshops and discussions to explore the human relationship with cannabis.

25th International Harm Reduction Conference
(Mar 14-17) in Montreal, Canada
http://hri.global/conference-2017

Presentations, panels, workshops and other sessions on innovative harm reduction services, ground-breaking research, successful advocacy campaigns, and key policy discussions.
Latest Additions
Shulgin Lab Book transcribing team lead, Shawn Corrado, discusses the challenges of translating Sasha's handwriting and "dirty pictures" to searchable text, as well as the history and impressive scope of the project he took on.
A review of the 2016 Global Ibogaine Conference, which attracted over 250 attendees. A prominent theme was the contrast between treatment based on the medical model and others that use a lay-provider model.
This Microgram includes a brief about Hawaiian Baby Woodrose and Morning Glory seeds, the "Identification of STP" (DOM), a notice of proposed legal control of synthesized THC, and a 12-page chart of "Ultraviolet Absorption Data of Pharmaceuticals".
In response to a Sydney Morning Herald article criticizing "on-site drug testing", we review issues raised, including how a primary goal of drug checking is to create opportunities to engage more people about adulteration, health effects, and how to minimize risks.
"#1 - Undersök hälsorisker och faror med den specifika psykoaktiva substansen och även klassen av substanser som den tillhör." The sixth in the series of translations of Erowid's guide to relating responsibly to psychoactive plants and drugs.
Crew Notes
Fire & Earth were interviewed in front of a lively audience at the California Institute of Integral Studies last month; while microphone issues prevented a proper podcast recording, the audience posed great questions and some have followed up with research ideas.
Ecstasy Data
EcstasyData is a project of Erowid Center that conducts laboratory testing of street ecstasy tablets, research chemicals, and other drugs, and publishes the results online.
More New Content
  1. Infectious Excitement (Shulgin Archiving)
    As director of Transform Press and Ann Shulgin's daughter, Wendy Tucker had unique opportunities to work Sasha Shulgin, who she says "feared that if he didn't get the information in print, for all to see, it might be destroyed or forgotten."
  2. Life with Sasha and Ann (Shulgin Archiving)
    The Shulgin's assistant, Tania, reminisces about traveling with Sasha and Ann to conferences and events, their inspiring personalities, and the special quality of love that they exuded.
Mentions
Erowid is often mentioned in articles and books. Mentions may include positive or critical reviews, as well as citations of Erowid content.
  • Metabolic fate and detectability of [25B-NBOMe and 25C-NBOMe] [...]
    J Pharm Biomed Anal. (Feb 2017)

    "dose calculated based on common single dose reported in trip reports (https://www.erowid.org) and scaled by dose-by-factor approach from man to rat according to Sharma and McNeill..."
  • [The Renaissance of Psychedelia]
    Internazionale (Jan 2016)

    "[... Erowid, who first realized the potential of the Internet to disseminate scientifically accredited information on plants and synthetic molecules too often painted by the media with the same brush as hard drugs.]" (Translated from Italian.)
Experience Reports
(see 94 new)
  • The Depressing Thought Loop (Mushrooms), by Sophia A.
    "Though this trip was not enjoyable at the time, in hindsight it taught me a lot. The next day I went for a long walk in the spring sun, thinking about what had occurred that night. I realized that I had forgotten many beautiful things that I had in my life..."
  • Not What I Was Expecting (N-Ethylhexedrone), by bubbles
    "With Hexen there was definitely frequent urination, but it was manageable and not that uncomfortable. My appetite was suppressed, but I still managed to eat a grilled cheese and some fries, so it is definitely possible to eat on this substance."
  • Eroticism and Emotions (2C-B), by astralviolet
    "...the bed sheets began to look like tiny fish swimming through a stream. I would describe my state at this point as very 'floaty', my body felt very light and I could feel energy waving between myself and other objects." For a more complete list of new content at Erowid go to:
From the Vaults
With NBOMe compounds still being sold on blotter and sometimes being misrepresented as LSD ("acid"), this step-by-step photo-documented process for using field tests on blotter remains relevant.
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