T.E.D.I - Trans-European Drug Information project
The Trans-European Drug Information project (TEDI) is a network of European fieldwork Drug Checking services that share their expertise and data within a European monitoring and information system. TEDI has developed during 2011 a database system that collects, monitors and analyses the evolution of various European drug trends in recreational settings.
The aim of this monitoring and information system is to help to optimize public health, prevention and harm reduction intervention strategies/programs. It serves as an early warning system and a tool for monitoring the evolution of drug markets in Europe. TEDI also focuses its efforts on reporting the emergence of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in recreational settings and monitoring their evolution throughout Europe. Over the last few years, at least one new NPS on the market was being reported every week. Besides this market’s dynamic, TEDI has detected a disturbing phenomenon that needs to be confronted by Drug Checking services – the inclusion of NPS as adulterants in the most commonly consumed illicit drugs including ecstasy, amphetamine, LSD and ketamine. This trend seems to be spreading among all of the countries currently being monitored by TEDI. These trends should thus be followed closely and appropriately addressed by providing information and harm reduction messages to users itself.
TEDI project was financed by the Health Program of the European Union from 2011 to 2013. During these 3 years it was performed a professional database that can be accessed by the various NGOs and institutions working in the nightlife field or in the issue of recreational drug use. TEDI is a unique tool which makes research regarding the quality of various substances currently being used in European nightlife much easier. Furthermore, the TEDI database consists of unique data as a result of its field work, the low threshold access and its otherwise close proximity to European nightlife culture. A study with the results of some of the main illicit drugs: cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamine and new psychoactive substances (NPS) detected between 2008 and 2013 was published at the Drug Testing and Analysis journal.
Moreover, TEDI project was trying to set the standards of the various methods and processes related to Drug Checking by supporting institutions which are interested to launch a Drug Checking service and to reduce uncertainty related to this effort (legal and technical questions). To achieve this goal the following guidelines were developed during the three years when the project was financed:
- Factsheet on Drug Checking in Europe: This publication assembles the answers to many frequently asked questions concerning Drug Checking. The aim is to give a concise overview of Drug Checking today.
- Guidelines of Drug Checking Methodology: A list of the various techniques currently being used by Drug Checking programs. The aims of this guideline are (1) to help services that might be interested in implementing a Drug Checking Program; (2) to provide complementary information to services that are actually proposing such a service; (3) to standardize the methodologies developed in Europe, making the results comparable and service-able for extended application.
Drug Checking Service Good Practice Standards: The NEWIP Good Practice Standards are practice based and were developed by a broad spectrum of experts working in the field of harm reduction in Nightlife Settings. The aim was to create an easily accessible, relevant and practical framework for those working in nightlife settings. How the Standards are used depends on the stage of a particular program – they can be used to design a new program or offer guidance about assessment and quality improvement of an already-existing program.
- Drug Checking services are creating a unique opportunity to provide information, personalized risk reflection messages and personal support if needed. This is the reason why the TEDI Drug Checking Consultation and Counselling Guidelines has the aim to enable professionals who work with recreational drug users to detect problematic risk behavior earlier (risk assessment) and to improve the response times of providing necessary personal support. These guidelines are based on the best practice experiences of the European Drug Checking Services who are members of the TEDI network. This is TEDI's initial effort in the area of consultation and counseling in nightlife or stationary setting which targets recreational drug users.
TEDI network is composed by 14 different organisations:
- 4motion from Luxemburg
- Ailaket!! from Spain
- Check!n from Portugal
- Checkit! from Austria
- DrogArt from Slovenia
- Energy Control and IMIM from Spain
- Jellinek and Trimbos Institute from the Netherlands
- Kosmikare association from Portugal
- Legal High Inhalts Stoffe from Germany
- Modus Vivendi from Belgium
- Neutravel from Italy
- Saferparty from Switzerland
- Techno plus from France
- The Loop from United Kingdom