Drug checking involves the chemical analysis of illegal drugs. This analysis can identify psychoactive substances and determine their quantity in the sample.
The goal of drug checking is to warn potential users about substances that are particularly harmful to health, reduce the risks of overdose, and enable users to make informed decisions about drugs.
In Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, and Germany, drug checking is both legal and backed by local authorities. Government-funded organizations provide these services, acknowledging the reality of recreational drug use. Instead of pursuing legal actions, they focus on helping individuals reduce potential risks associated with drug use. Your safety is their priority.
Find confidential advice or drug counseling near you or download the KnowDrugs App to find free and trusted drug checking services nearby.
Drugs can pose a threat to your well-being. If you choose to consume them, here are some key recommendations:
Drink enough water to mitigate effects.
If unsure about potency, take a smaller dose.
Never use drugs alone; look out for friends.
Learn overdose signs and how to react swiftly.
Combining drugs, including alcohol, can have severe side effects.
Recognizing overdose signs is crucial for swift, life-saving action. Common symptoms may include:
Better safe than sorry: If you or friends feel unwell after substance use, seek immediate medical help. For expert advice on dealing with overdoses, check out our location map.
Safer highs is driven by personal experiences and one mission: to promote drug checking. We value informed choices and prioritize the well-being of those in recreational drug use. While no drug use is entirely safe, drug checking can save lives. Join us in spreading the word and breaking the stigma: Safer highs for safer lives!
Written & Directed by Leve Kühl
Executive Producer Jacob-Lucas Burckhardt Creative Producer Zoë Heimann Producer Alex Mann, Borislav Salatino Concept Leve Kühl, Tabea Pick, Marie Zeidler Cinematography Daniel Obradovic Edit Andrew Holmes Music Wolfsrudel Sound Berg & Dahl Audio Cast Ella Morgen, Noah Tinwa Costume Simon Folkert, Anna Bongers Hair & Make-Up Alexandra Johansson Stills Andrè Josselin, Vasilisa Blue Color Manuel Portschy