Drug Checking

  • Partnership
    • The Trans European Drug Information (TEDI) workgroup is managed by ABD (www.abd-ong.org). ABD is a spanish NGO declared of public utility, working since the 80s mainly in the areas of drugs, AIDS, gender equality, community development, mediation, social inclusion, etc. ABD has 4 headquarters (Catalonia, Madrid, Andalusia and the Balearic Islands), 800 professionals, 278 volunteers, 45 different services attending around 70.000 persons per year and contacting more than 500.000 persons per year through prevention programs.

      Energy Control is ABD´s drug prevention program, which has, since 1997, developed and implemented risk-reduction strategies in the nightlife sector. This includes peer community group interventions, training for nightlife and health professionals, the publication and promotion of prevention materials, new media tools and guidelines and the development of Drug Checking programs.

      The TEDI Steering Committee includes representatives of:Energy Control, Techno Plus, Jellinek, Modus Vivendi, Ailaket!, Check In, ChEck iT!, Zurich´s Drug Checking services, DIMS.
  • Context
    • The TEDI Project emerged from the mutual interests of several risk reduction groups that use Drug Checking as a method for making contacts with drug users. In Europe, the latest trends and newest drugs spread rapidly from one country to another, while the mobility of recent generations of partygoers has never been greater.

      TEDI noticed that, in recent years, similar drug warnings were being issued simultaneously in a number of different European countries. This lack of coordination leads to inefficiency, which can only be sufficiently addressed if nations begin sharing one another’s Drug Checking data. This will mean that nations will be able to more effectively address the issue of rapid detection of the dissemination of dangerous substances and the introduction of new drugs into Europe.

      Moreover, TEDI is focused on reporting the presence of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in recreational settings and monitor its evolution in different countries among Europe. In the last years, more tan one NPS was reported every week but only a few of these substances are actually consumed at the parties. However, TEDI has detected a worrying phenomena that should be monitored by Drug Checking services, which is the presence of these NPS as adulterants of the common ilicit drugs (ecstasy, amphetamine, LSD, ketamine…). It’s a growing phenomenon present in all countries where TEDI is collecting data and therefore should  be followed closely and should be given the proper attention in field interventions. 
  • Objectives
    • T.E.D.I. (Trans European Drug Information) is a European database system that collects, monitors and analyses the evolution of the various European drug scenes and reports on them on a regular basis.

      The aim of this monitoring and information system is to help improve public health and intervention programs. It serves as an early warning system and a tool for monitoring the evolution of drug markets in Europe. Moreover, it has become an essential knowledgebase in the area of recreational drug use. 

      Besides its Drug Checking information function, TEDI project also focuses on:
      1) standardising the various processes related to Drug Checking;
      2) making recommendations to help improve first-line project field interventions; and
      3) monitoring the evolution of new substances and new trends throughout Europe.
  • Drug Checking Service Standards & Trend Reports