The Loop is an Australian not-for-profit organisation set up in 2018 to develop the sustainable provision of drug checking services in Australia.
We believe that drug checking services should be freely accessible to people who may use drugs. We also believe that drug checking services should be available in a range of settings including:
permanent community testing sites
with other drug health services
in social and entertainment settings such as nightclubs, music venues and festivals.
Our work covers four key areas:
Together, these interrelated strategies help us reduce drug related harms, enhance engagement with people who may use drugs and collect information about which substances are in circulation.
The Loop Australia is a sister organisation of The Loop UK, which formed in 2013.
Loop UK provides welfare, harm reduction and drug testing at nightclubs, festivals and other events across the UK.
Since 2016, it has been providing community based drug checking for the general public.
The Loop UK is led by Fiona Measham, Professor of Criminology at Durham University,
who has done extensive research on licit and illicit drug markets in the UK and overseas.
For further information on the work of The Loop UK please visit wearetheloop.org.