Russell Hausfeld, writing for Psymposia:
Psymposia spoke with Bunk Police’s Founder and CEO Adam Auctor about the beginnings of his company, their current research, and the range of experiences he has had distributing test-kits at events like Burning Man, You Are So Lucky, and Gathering of the Juggalos.
This is an excellent interview. The antibody-based test kit capable of identifying several different substances in one sample would be absolutely revolutionary for drug checking.
As a reminder, contaminated drug supplies happen to all sorts of people at all kinds of events, regardless of one’s gender, race, class, or status. Bunk Police brought hidden cameras to a ritzy party in Manhattan to find out what type of drugs the 1% has access to:
The results of this little incident were that the substances that these people were taking were terrible. Most of the MDMA was actually meth. The cocaine was cut with meth. That was definitely the substance of the night, methamphetamine posing as whatever else. And to be honest, they had some of the worst drugs I’ve seen at an event.
Taking that and comparing it to something like Gathering of the Juggalos, where there is community and people care about each other, Gathering of the Juggalos had just a few samples that were contaminated. Where the You Are So Lucky crowd — most of the samples were contaminated. That was a bit of a shocker.
It just goes to show that no matter who or where you are, you need test it before you ingest it. In fact, this might be even more important for those who are rich and famous.