Front line harm reduction: Pill tests & Entheo Combo Matrix
Episode Nineteen - Front line harm reduction: Pill testing and entheogenic combinations
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With your host, Nick Wallis.
CanTEST is Australia’s first Government supported fixed site for pill testing and is now operating for free use by the public in Canberra. In this episode, Associate Professor McLeod will reveal the early results of the CanTEST testing pilot, including what drugs people are testing with the service, challenges faced and plans for the future. Professor McLeod will also review the development of pill testing in Australia and around the world.
Drug combination displays helps people who use drugs, pharmacologists and healthcare practitioners collaborate and share specialist knowledge to anticipate the risk of consuming a particular drug combination. Inspired by Tripsit’s Guide to Drug Combinations chart, EGA have recently released the Entheogen Combination Matrix, which lists common, natural sources of psychoactive substances along two axes of a graph. The intersection of substances on each axis is coded to signify the risk of consuming that plant, fungi, and/or animal combination. In this episode, Dr Liam Engel will explain how the Entheogen Combination Matrix was developed and implications for the future of harm reduction.
Bio: Associate Professor Mal McLeod
Associate Professor Mal McLeod works at the Australian National University. His research interests include medicinal chemistry and the development of new chemical and analytical technologies to study drug metabolism. He is the chemistry lead for Pill Testing Australia and CanTEST. Professor McLeod was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2020 to study drug checking services in Europe and has just returned from a six week tour of these services throughout Netherlands, Portugal and Austria. Mal uses caffeine and alcohol (but not combined!) as his drugs of choice.
Bio: Liam Engel
Dr Liam Engel is a drug science researcher and communicator. He is a research fellow at Edith Cowan University's School of Medical and Health Sciences.
Liam's passion is illicit drugs, particularly the areas of harm reduction, psychedelics, ecology, internet and reform. His unique perspective draws on skills in health and medicine, communications and social sciences, as well as botany and horticulture.
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