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Lives will be lost while the politicians mingling with the symbolpolitikk

the Debate about testing of synthetic drugs at the festival have come on the path, after the Young Right has proposed the testing of synthetic drugs on the festival. Again discussed the symbols and the attitudes more than the realities that need to be handled. To rusbrukere helped, or not?

Columnist Jon F. Olsen

is samfunnsviter with a master's degree in Religion and Society from the university of Oslo. He writes about social deviance, and is a board member of the Association Safer Ruspolitikk.

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NRK denotes the practice as a "kvalitettest" of drugs. But the tests it is to talk about the measures in the small degree of quality, and to a greater extent the active substance that is most prominent in a drug from a powder or pill. The most dangerous situations with the synthetic drugs occurs among other things when the users take the wrong drug, and so can end up overdosing or unexpected effects.

Narkotikadebatt in English is always a debate about the signal effect. It is argued that the increased acceptance will result in increased use, even if the documentation ever fails. But acceptance will definitely help the users, who finally want to be able to open up about their use and discuss the various aspects of it. And whether or not acceptance is appropriate, can tolerance do much to soften the fronts.

Leads to lower acceptance of drugs, with the lower use? According to an EU report from 2016, Oslo is now on the MDMA-top in Europe. A recent analysis has also shown that the increase continues. This development has taken place in the prohibition era and shows signaleffektens limitations. The synthetic substances are present already – whether we want to or not. No other place in the world are there so many registered deaths of PMMA as in Norway, and the deaths are probably due to confusion of synthetic drugs.

It hurts when the relatives who have lost a son, says to NRK that they fear "a development where several are trying it," and that "the consequence can be that the young think we are on the road to legalization".

The above-mentioned developments have taken place several years ago, and the current situation is one where many norwegians take MDMA, and very few discuss it with anyone at any time. Youth should not take drugs, but if they do (and they do), so they should not fear to talk about their challenges. Signaleffekten is not much worth if it means that the nation's youth are met with threats and sharp edges.

To argue against such harm-reduction measures, one ends quickly with to take to prepare for that damage may have positive sides. Member of parliament Sveinung Stensland (H) says to NRK that it is "wonder if you are going to have a government agency that approves drugs". But what he calls approval in this case, is access potentially life-saving information. A practice where such information is held active from the users, deserve to be called skademaksimerende.

The above mentioned tests have their backs; they are simple, and they do not give the complete knowledge about the drugs. But the alternative is that the users testing the substances by testing them on themselves, a practice that probably is widespread and definitely risky. Especially the youth and inexperienced users are prone to such risks. I have on several occasions advocated that the practice of festivaltesting should be implemented in Norway.

In England is carried out festival-the testing of the organization The Loop that reports good results. At the festival, Cambridgeshire decreased the number of rusrelaterte admissions by 95%. The Loop has reported that as much as a quarter of the users who had tested the substances their they asked the staff at teststasjonen to get rid of them. They would no longer take them, after having gotten to know what they contained. This shows that the honest information about the substances is injury prevention in itself.

Many of the users on the british festivals seek out The The Loop only after they have used the substances, to find out what is in them. Health professional who performs the tests turn like a chat with users along the way, and get such access to a rare and important venue to talk about everything that is difficult. Such opportunities are essential for health professionals who will make a real difference.

It does not longer to hope Norway will steer clear for a drug-trends that characterise Europe. Many drugs have come to be, and creates challenges for those who take them. The debate about testing represents in this way a fork in the road; users of synthetic drugs must either get the help they need to save themselves, or so we must leave them to themselves.

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