WHAT WE DO
The Loop Australia has been established to work towards the development, establishment and delivery of drug checking services in Australia. Drug checking can be performed in a variety of settings, including in drug health services, community-based settings or clinics, festivals, or emergency medical settings. Drug checking service delivery involves a health intervention, chemical analysis, and information dissemination.
All health interventions are delivered by professional health workers who have significant professional experience working with people who use drugs. Information is gathered about service users' physical and psychological health, as well as any medications they might be taking, allergies they might have, and their past and planned drug use. Finally, the results of the analysis are given. Every service user is advised that the safest way to proceed is not to take drugs. However in the event that they were to decide to take something, information regarding the risks of drug use are discussed, as well as ways in which they could reduce their risk.