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Adrenal fatigue? What adrenal fatigue? - Tactical Ninja

Mar. 11th, 2016

09:10 am - Adrenal fatigue? What adrenal fatigue?

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Off to Foo this afternoon. I'm not big on networking at the best of times and in my current state of mental and physical exhaustion I'd rather stay home and play videogames tbh. The thought of spending a whole weekend being 'on' and surrounded by smart, intense people is daunting.

But the fact is that it was going to Foo last year that was the catalyst for this year's success in getting pill testing recognised as a legitimate harm reduction measure. It went like this:

1. Pill testing happens at an event, I keep data.

2. I go to Foo with data, meet Russell Brown, share it with him.

3. Russell uses the data to write an article on harm reduction for NZ Drug Foundation journal, Matters of Substance.

4. NZDF invites me to speak at their winter panel series. It goes really well.

5. Several agencies contact me for interviews about pill testing, and Ross Bell (NZDF CEO) starts talking about it in public and in press releases.

6. Eventually the existence of pill testing reaches the notice of politicians, when it's pointed out how well it fits with the harm reduction focus of our new National Drug Policy.

7. Another event happens, I get more data - this time showing how pill testing can change people's intention to use a drug. I share this with agencies.

8. After NZ's first suspected cathinone-related death, Peter Dunne (Associate Minister of Health) comes out publicly in favour of pill testing.

This is where we're at now. If I hadn't been at Foo last year, this probably wouldn't have happened (at least, not in this way). It's worth going back to update people on where we're at with it, and to brainstorm and gather interest for the next stage.

What is the next stage? I think it'd be great to consolidate political support to develop some kind of official accord with enforcement agencies, which will allow the creation of an organisation that can do this work openly at events while minimising criminal risk to organisers and users. This needs motivated people, and Foo is full of them - and they know other people, and so forth.

So yeah, I might actually be braindead by Sunday evening, but surely it'll be worth it.

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From:m_danson
Date:March 10th, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on the productive year.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 10th, 2016 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! It's been exhausting, but worth it.
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From:clevermanka
Date:March 10th, 2016 09:45 pm (UTC)
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Ugh. I hope you don't really have adrenal fatigue? If you do, though, SYMPATHIES. It's the worst. What amazing things you're accomplishing, though. WOW!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 10th, 2016 11:10 pm (UTC)
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I do. I had two days off work with it this week. It's improving slowly since I was diagnosed but I still have to do *everything* right to avoid keeling over, and lately I've been a bit lax, now I'm paying for it.
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From:clevermanka
Date:March 11th, 2016 01:46 am (UTC)
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From:thewronghands
Date:March 10th, 2016 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Best of luck with it -- sounds like you're really doing good work there.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 10th, 2016 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I'm stoked we're finally getting some traction for it.
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From:kotturinn
Date:March 11th, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
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I think you deserve a pom-pom dance! Look after yourself as well.
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 13th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Nice to see such tangible progress!
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