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Baby steps

Drugs and Me was founded in 2016 by three Spanish students. Pablo and Ivan met in London while they were studying Pharmacology and Neuroscience respectively, in University College London.

Pablo had started working with his childhood friend Gabriel on the concept of Drugs and Me. They did surveys to validate the idea, then bought the domain and wrote the very first draft of the MDMA guide. However, there was still much to be done.

When Ivan joined, the project started to take shape. The three of them started working together on the project in September of 2015. Pablo and Ivan would meet after long days of lectures to discuss what information to include, what language to use- pretty much every aspect was made with harm reduction in mind.

Somehow, they both managed to juggle university deadlines, Drugs and Me, their social lives, and even societies. Gabriel was doing Computer Science in Madrid at the time, so they communicated through video conference calls and Slack. Startlingly, Gabriel and Ivan didn't meet each other until after a whole year after the first release of the website!

In February of 2016, Gabriel, Pablo and Ivan were ready to launch Drugs and Me. Pablo and Ivan had written guides for alcohol, cocaine, cannabis, MDMA, as well as a primitive 'Me' section. When we launched and the site looked like this:

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And this was our very first logo! Ivan and his flatmate, Luke, spent a few nights working on it.

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Hatching...

We've improved right? haha Well, Pablo and Ivan went on to spam researchers to gain their support. At the end of the day, they were neuropharmacology-geeks who enjoyed reading the research of renowned scientists.

To their surprise, they quickly gained the support of scientists such as Prof. David Nutt and Prof. Valerie Curran. Ivan can still remember when they went to their offices and he was so nervous that he kept freezing, his English wasn't great at the time either. Upon remembering the event, he excitedly bursts 'It felt like meeting superstars!'.

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Prof. David Nutt has supported Drugs and Me since its inception. He currently an active member of our Advisory Board.

To Ivan's excitement, they established a conversation with The Beckley Foundation. The following summer he delved into the available literature on LSD and wrote a guide in collaboration with this foundation.

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Remember that they all were Spanish? The website wasn't looking quite so professional back then, and given that we wanted to reach a broad audience, clarity and ease of reading was crucial!

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Childhood

So, yeah, researchers and organisations liked us, but. A mediocre layout and a poor English was holding us back.

So our next step was building up our team. Thanks to a lot of networking, things started to come together! We got Arthur to come on board and he started to get the website ship shape, working on our tone and language with his meticulous eye.

Did you know? Drugs and Me was awarded £500 points from the University College London Entrepreneur society! It's the only funding that we have ever obtained. It's tough to find funding for an organisation like ours, that acknowledges recreational drug use and works for harm reduction :'(

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We invested this money in hiring the talented Meaghan Li, who designed the current website from scratch.

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(Almost) adulthood

Since the beginning of the summer of 2018, things have been getting serious!

Ivan spent most of the summer working on the organisation, in-between finishing his MSc and starting his PhD. Thanks to a lot of dedication and handwork, the Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Consultancy was quickly launched, a sibling brand that helps organisations of any type dealing with drug-related issues through research, education and policy work.

Arda and Edward are building the best consultancy pipeline and material for our clients. Go to ADEC's site to learn more about what they do.

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Our hope is to generate enough revenue from the consultancy brand to support Drugs and Me, but the work is undervalued, and underpaid. That's why we need your support through donations.

The Drugs and Me team is now bigger than ever before. We are more than 20 people all around the globe working towards creating the best harm reduction material possible.

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You can see above a pic from the first date when more than 4 team members of the team sat down together around a table! Most of us don't know each other and there are very little chances for us to meet, which makes team dynamics slow and inefficient. Still we all believe in the project and are super passionate about harm reduction.

If you support our work please consider donating by clicking the Paypal link below. Most of our supporters donate 10 pounds/dollars/euros. Some people donate 2 pounds/dollars/euros monthly.

If you’d like to know more about where your donation will go continue reading and/or send us an email to contact@drugsand.me

Plans that you can help us achieve

All of our volunteers are working towards the common goal of improving global drug education.

We now need a full-time employee to keep the afloat and make the most of the momentum that we have gained. Help us achieving this goal!

Social media is an important platform for many of us nowadays. We read many information through these means. We know this very well and we would want someone to be continuously posting on social media to help everyone staying safe when taking drugs. Btw, follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram!

We now have 8 drug guides, but as you may know , there are many many more drugs that people consume. To write one of our guides it takes 80-120 hours. Why does it take so long? Because we try to get as much information as possible from peer-reviewed papers. Our researchers read papers on the given drug and curate evidence-based information. We also have our own defined internal pipeline to ensure that the content and tone aligns with the spirit of the website. We have set ourselves the ambition goal to have at least 20 guides by 2020.

The Me is as important as the Drugs. Our experts in neuroscience, medicine and psychology are developing our own way of doing harm reduction. We are taking a psychobiosocial approach. What? What did you say? You'll hear more about it this summer (; In essence, your mindset and the environment where you consume the drug matters as much as the drug that you take. This is why we not only limit to talk about drugs but we have a Me section dedicated to human things surrounding drugs. We have now 7 guides, but we want to have at least 15 guides by 2020

Our online presence is quite solid. We love making the site and receiving emails from people asking questions and encouraging us to continue growing. However, human face-to-face interaction feels nice too! We are planning to go to two big events this summer, but we would like to go to more festivals, clubs and conferences to increase our impact. We have an amazing graphic designer that is working on nice leaflets, posters and, cards, but we need cash to print these and distribute life-saving information freely!

In summary, your donation will help us:

  • Hiring a full-time employee
  • Active social media posting
  • Writing content for more than 20 drugs by 2020
  • Writing content for more than 15 Me section by 2020
  • Go to festivals, clubs and conferences
  • Print leaflets, posters and cards.

If you support our work please consider donating by clicking the Paypal link below. Most of our supporters donate 10 pounds/dollars/euros. Some people donate 2 pounds/dollars/euros monthly.

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