HARM REDUCTION INITIATIVE
This accurate tool will help to determine if Fentanyl is laced in substances, and eventually accurately determine all substances in a product.
ANKORS has been selected to be a pilot project site where drug checking/ pill testing is available year round in community. The Nelson based non-profit has a mandate to "work from a wellness model; through Support and advocacy; Harm reduction, prevention and education; Delivery of programs and services that are client-centred and focused on the whole person; and Partnerships with others."
ANKORS is also globally recognized for their reverse sponsorship collaboration with 'Shambhala Music Festival'. ANKORS has been providing harm reduction services and pill testing since 2002 at the festival, traditionally using the reagent testing model.
Now with the public health emergency regarding overdoses, ANKORS would like to meet people where they are at, and provide the best and most accurate results to help people stay safe.
THIS COULD SAVE LIVES!
The spectrometer will be available to the community year round through ANKORS. Furthermore, it is a mobile unit and will be able to assist them at Shambhala Music Festival with their cutting edge harm reduction service delivery.
Shambhala does not directly provide pill testing. They do however, financially support ANKORS to provide an amazing service; that helps to educate and provide upstream services to help festival guests make informed choices.
Shambhala prides itself on their model of 'full spectrum harm reduction' service delivery. As a team under the public safety model, ANKORS works with 'The Options for Sexual Health', Outreach, Sanctuary, Women's Safe Space, and Camp Clean Beats. The team consists of over 250 trained volunteers and a mandate to meet people where they are, to provide education, resources and safe spaces in a non judgemental environment.
Shambhala is Aug. 5-8th, 2016 and we are hoping to provide accurate spectrometer readings this year.
Please help us in our goal to raise these funds! We are waiting to hear back about the total cost, so we are starting at 20,000. Thank you.
PREVENT OVERDOSES, HELP UP REACH OUR GOAL!
"It's all about the people on the dance floor"
Shambhala Music Festival donates remaining funds needed to buy FTIR Spectrometer
Nelson BC: For the past two years ANKORS, with the active support of Shambhala Music Festival, has been fundraising for the purchase of advanced drug checking technologies. With better technologies ANKORS is able to give people who use drugs more accurate information on the substances they are considering putting in their bodies. Making informed decisions reduces drug related harms.
ANKORS wants to say a big thank you to Shambhala Music Festival for their generous donation of over $9000.00 today. This donation helped us to reach our goal. The FTIR Spectrometer is set to be here in time for this year’s festival August 7. Another big thank you also to all the Shambhala Music Festival guests who donated at the time of ticket purchase and all the people that donated on our ANKORS Spectrometer Gofundeme campaign page. All Together you came up with over $41,000, the amount needed to purchase the instrument.
Quote from ANKORS
“This is a fantastic showing of community support for drug checking” Chloe Sage, ANKORS Drug Checking Coordinator-
Thank you thank you thank you ! your support has been amazing. We are working hard to prepare for this years Shambhala. We are researching all possible technologies that will help us to give you a more complete picture of what is in the substances out there. Although we haven’t been able to purchase a piece of equipment as of yet , for 2017, we are adding to our testing regiment Fentanyl test strips to test for Fentanyl. Thanks to Shambhala for funding this initiative. Mark Leigh is bringing back his Raman Spectrometer and we will be trialing out some new technology as well. We are still looking for the right technology to purchase and something affordable and continuing to fundraise to reach our goal and hoping that we can get matching funds from potential partners. Thank you for helping us get closer to our goal as we move into unchartered territory in Canada in a globally unique situation, the overdose crisis, we are having to come up with our own solutions. Thank you for being a part of that. With the right technology we will be able to monitor the illicit drug market giving consumers life saving information about the substances they may be about to consume. We will also be able to create early warning systems and create appropriate harm reduction messages to the public at large.
Your support and donations have been amazing and appreciated. Thank you for supporting this initiative and we look forward to another year of progressive testing and data.
We are hoping to provide laboratory quality results for next years Shambhala 2017. Please help us in our goal to raise these funds! We are waiting to hear back about the total cost, so we are starting at $30,000. Thank you. PREVENT OVERDOSES, HELP UP REACH OUR GOAL! "It's all about the people on the dance floor" http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/b-c-declares-public-health-emergency-after-fentanyl-overdoses-kill-200-people-in-three-months http://www.ankorsvolunteer.com/the-people---the-mission.html http://www.shambhalamusicfestival.com
Hey Larry you wouldn't be saying that if someone you knew died from consuming something that was laced. Get off your high horse and understand this can happen to anyone. Not everyone who does drugs is an addict or does them daily some of the people that die are trying these things for the first time. Mistakes happen and people make bad choices this could reverse un needed deaths. Next time you want a junkie dead think it could be a daughter,granddaughter literally anyone.
Not sure if I understand this right but ........ is it being suggested that we donate to a cause that will provide medical services to those who choose to consume drugs with ingredients that they know could kill them to ensure they will survive so they will have an opportunity to over consume drugs again at some other future function? Sounds like a none productive never ending vicious circle to me
Marie this is not part of Shambhala. This is a organization that just happens to go to sham to provide thier services
Does anyone know the cut off date to be able to order it in time? I just made a donation but now I'm wondering if it's going to go to waste if they haven't met their goal yet. Shambhala is just over a month away. How are they going to get it in time?
Does anyone know if this is additional $14,000 left to the goal includes the donations made at the time of ticket purchase? Or is it $14,000 in additional to the thousands raised in September 2016?
This campaign raised $10, 000 in 7 days. However, a recent update states that implementation will be delayed by a year. This is unacceptable. Purchasing the wrong device is better than waiting a year. The community has stepped up and raised $10, 000 in 7 days and they will continue to support the goal of equipment on site for 2016. Please continue to pursue this goal, you will be surprised what people will do.