Before we begin
Remember why you’re doing this. It’s a lot of work you're putting yourself in for, but it’ll be well worth it.
It’s not too difficult. Hold your nerve. If I can launch with one other person, you most definitely can.
This is phase two of the plan. We must go national. Drug poisoning is an epidemic not geographically centred in Montreal. If anything, there is a substantially greater need elsewhere.
Consider carefully that this project is for you. It is important work, but if you don’t have the time of day to fully commit to it then do not. The worst case scenario is quite bad, but it’s a definite step up from the world we find ourselves in.
Reflected sufficiently? Great. Let’s get this moving!
STEP 1: Legitimize yourselves
Copy this form and localise it. This will be crucial in securing funding and gives a great answer to the question “who asked”?
This form is going to be critical so make sure you have it backed up.
Share it in as many places as you can online. Facebook groups, subreddits, discord channels, post QR codes in real life if needed. The more results the better - we got ~280 and this gave us a lot of credibility.
Few results do not mean little interest - it just means you haven’t connected with your target demographic. I’d be really surprised if more than 2% of the respondents were against this idea
STEp 2: get some cash
I put together my thing for under 700$, though I managed to wangle a good deal from Dosetest on the fentanyl strips. You may not have the same luck. I hear BTNX will provide them for $1/unit if you contact them, but my deal was $0.89/unit. That’s pretty negligible nonetheless.
There’s always money sloshing around not being used in a student union. Look left, right and centre.
Alternatively, CSSDP will fund you to the tune of $250 if you apply to their project scheme
Look around. People like the project idea and will support it. Expect some help!
STEp 3: write documents, Figure out where you want them to be posted
Explain why you’re doing this (use the data from the survey to justify your position).
Explain how to use your service (we started out with google drive but moved to a website).
Explain the limitations and strengths of reagent testing. We’re treading on thin ice here, so make sure it’s really clear what you can and cannot provide.
ANKORS have a lot of great resources here. As ever, localise them.
We’re using mdmaccurate.xyz, you’re welcome to piggyback - get in touch with us and we’ll work something out.
Please join our brand - localise it to your environment :)
Google drive/ purchasing your own website is also a possibility.
STEp 4: Buy the reagents
We recommend dosetest for fentanyl strips as they provide a nice discount to people helping members of the community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to work something out - he’s a nice guy.
For the reagents themselves, we suggest the 9 in 1 pack from testkitplus.com. Always email them to figure something out as there's always discounts for nonprofits such as ourselves.
These reagents are the cheapest while remaining of high quality. Try to keep it domestic - i was slapped with an expensive import fee for the fentanyl strips (although it still worked out cheaper than a domestic supplier). DanceSafe is there, but it is never the cheapest nor is it domestic.
STEp 5: recruit others
This is a lot of work. Don’t underestimate it. We’ve done a lot of the leg work and proven that it can indeed function, but to bring it to life where you are is still a lot of work.
Read a book on how to manage others, and start delegating tasks. The next stage is the critical one and each of your new recruits is as important as the last!
In terms of finding them, keep active on your social media and you’ll attract some. Reddit has a pretty dedicated userbase that has been useful for my project. Once you gain critical mass things accelerate :)
Step 6: get the word out
This is the hardest part. Some of our techniques:
Handing out business cards at parties
Throwing parties (pay for advertisements)
Post in your university subreddit
Contact university groups in line with harm reduction message who’ll be keen
Step 7: Distribute kits
Give them to people. Keep it anonymous, but make sure they’re inspired sufficiently to give you the data back.
Put little stickers on the 2ml vials to make sure people know what they’re getting but other than that it is pretty straightforward.
You can administer the tests yourselves, but make sure you destroy the sample to avoid possession questions. Fentanyl strips do not destroy substances, so you cannot provide supervision for these.
Step 8: collect and collate data
We all want this to go further than you. This drug poisoning crisis affects us all. Collect the data, publish a report. It can be used in the future as ammunition for the decriminalisation and legalisation of drugs. Let’s get there sooner.
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