DRUGSTORE is a non-profit educational project based in Ukraine. The project has been in operation since 2018. It promotes safer behaviours at parties and in everyday life and supports the development of more evidence based and humane drug policies.
We work to reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive substances (PAS), prevent transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and protect physical and mental health of young people. We also provide sexual education and thematic legal advice.
DRUGSTORE is a member of the NEW Net (Nightlife Empowerment & Wellbeing Network), a European network of organisations dedicated to providing professional, scientifically verified information on nightlife and the recreational use of PAS.
The DRUGSTORE project is implemented by the international charitable foundation Alliance of Public Health.
There are no safe PAS, but there are rules that one can follow to reduce the harm associated with substance use, overdose risks, and other negative consequences.
We offer evidence-based, objective and reliable information about PAS, mental and sexual health, allowing people to enjoy life while minimising the associated risks.
Drugstore has developed a unique service for providing free psychological counselling. We care about your mental wellbeing and emphasise the importance of taking care of yourself.
Experimenting and going wild does not imply losing your head and neglecting your health. The main rule is “No condom - no sex.”
Freedom and inclusivity.
The Drugstore community values and welcomes all people irrespective of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, use of PAS, HIV status and other characteristics. We condemn stigma and any kind of violence, and respect individual choices.
NO RACISM, NO SEXISM, NO HOMOPHOBIA, NO TRANSPHOBIA, NO VIOLENCE.
Free anonymous counseling on our website and in the FREE2ASK app (App Store, Google Play)
A safe online chat for expert consultations. A psychologist, an infectious disease specialist, and a PAS expert are available. Counselling is free and confidential. Drugstore has already provided more than 15 000 counselling sessions.
PartyBox is a harm reduction kit containing lubricants, condoms, drug checking reagents, HIV tests and other useful products).
You can get a PartyBox by participating in a survey, designed to improve our services:surveymonkey.com/r/CDBS2Z6
If you present an educational institution and need harm reduction and prevention products (condoms, lubricants, etc.), please email us with the subject “Prevention products”: email@example.com
Offline and online lectures
We regularly conduct educational events where our guest experts provide evidence-based and up-to-date information on psychoactive substances, sexual and mental health, and related issues. More than 2 000 people have already attended these events.
The lectures are available to view in both Ukrainian and English.
Please send us an email with the subject "Collaboration" for joint events: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telegram bot @OverdoseHelpBot
The bot is designed to minimise the overdose risks and other negative consequences of substance use. The Bot provides information on what an overdose on various substances looks like (symptoms and manifestations) and how to provide first aid in such situations. You can also get legal advice about psychoactive substances and related issues via the bot.
Work at music events and entertainment events
At offline events, we offer substance-related counselling, psycho-social support (trip sitting), and harm reduction and prevention products to help people make their PAS use or sex safer. We collaborate with leading nightclubs, art spaces, and festivals, including Brave Factory, Strichka, Veselka, K41, Vibronica, Laboratorium, Stitch, Gamir, Vognyk, Iskra, KSHK, Rhythm Büro, Keller, NECHTO, and Night Ambassadors.If you want to invite the Drugstore team to your event, email us to email@example.com with the subject "Parties".
In the BLOG section on our website, you will find a wealth of thematic information, interviews with interesting people, musical recommendations, and current event selections. We go an extra mile to ensure that all information we provide is based on the most recent evidence.
If you want to help us create materials for our website, please send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Publications."
Knowledge of the recreational drug scene in Ukraine
We study the needs and desires of people who use PAS in recreational contexts. The obtained findings help improve our activities while considering the needs of the audience as well as to propose improvements to the drug policies.
Pages in social media
We are present and actively communicating on Ukraine's most popular social networks (Telegram, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, SoundCloud). We build a community of like-minded people where everyone is free to express themselves.
On the YouTube channel, we have many educational videos on the topics related to PAS, sexual and mental health, which help to raise health awareness.
SoundCloud is a platform for musicians to share their work. This is a place for musical freedom and creativity. If you'd like to record a set or mix for us, please email us at email@example.com with the subject "Music".
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within three business days.