For the last 20 years checkit is providing addiction prevention and harm reduction in night-life and party settings where recreational drug use is commonly encountered. Despite the fact that reliable information about synthetic drugs is hard to obtain, recreational users feel quite safe when using drugs and often do not access support services. They are exposed to several acute risks (associated with consumption, effects of substances or legal risks) and long-term risks (associated with problematic patterns of use, social stigma, etc.). One best-practice model that raises awareness and addresses both types of risks in a balanced way is referred to as Integrated Drug Checking (IDC).
IDC owns a unique potential to reach out to this specific target group, because it provides credible and relevant information sought after by recreational users. It helps them to make more informed decisions about their health. IDC facilitates synergy effects through the neat integration of a range of harm reduction and support services.
This presentation will provide insights into the years-long experience of the Vienna-based organisation checkit. Additionally, latest developments of the two crucial aspects of IDC, the chemical analysis of drugs and the psychosocial services will be presented.