indigo harm reduction
Indigo is a Harm Reduction organization based in Edmonton, Alberta, that serves the nightlife, large events and festival communities across Alberta. Indigo strives to deliver access to scientifically based harm reduction strategies and services to promote health education in a safe, supportive and unbiased environment. We encourage community members to make conscious well informed decisions for their health and well-being. Indigo approaches the harmful risks in the nightlife and festival communities by providing support at live events with reliable harm reduction services through peer to peer support and engagement. We do not encourage any consumption of substances or condemn but acknowledge harmful behaviors that are within the nightlife, large events and festival communities. #supportnotpunish
Indigo provides event harm reduction outreach teams to support the Alberta’s nightlife large events and festival communities. We provide community members a safe space at events, shows or festivals with access to:
Harm reduction supplies and information
Consent education and awareness
“Indigo team members roam the crowd to help ensure safety, wellness and security of the crowd”
Sexual violence/harassment incidence support
Substance field reagent testing
Safer sex supplies and information
Information on community resources and programs
“Also know as Chill Spaces, The Sanctuary, or Haven which Provides on site Psycho-social or psycho-emotional support with both peer to peer support and certified professionals ie. Psych Nurses, Social Workers or Councillors”
Step down from main medical team
“Creates a space for guests who are medically stable but may need additional support and time before heading back into the event or festival”
Female identifying safe spaces
Creating awareness on current issues affecting the community
Why Does This Matter?
In response to Alberta’s declaration of the public health emergency regarding Fentanyl overdoses, INDIGO is attempting to purchase a FT-IR Spectroscopy and mobile laboratory to provide substance checking to all demographics across Alberta.
Right now the province of Alberta is lacking access to any type of substance checking tool and Indigo currently has limitations from the reagent testing we are providing at festivals.
This accurate tool will give Albertan's the right to check their substances to ensure what they believe to be consuming is safe. This technology would be ideal for identifying unknown substances as it quickly identifies substances from a unique infrared spectrum, which is automatically matched to a database that will immediately shows up the exact contents of the substance.
The spectrometer will be available to the community year-round through INDIGO and plan for this to be a mobile unit to assist us at Music Festivals across Western Canada. Please help us in our goal to raise funds to make Alberta communities safer!
What is an FT-IR Spectroscopy? Fourier Transform Infrared Radiation (FTIR) is ideal for identifying unknown substances. The technique is fast, easy and versatile, and can analyze solids, liquids, pastes and gases. Unknown samples can even be identified from mixtures, which is vital when sampling drugs that may have impurities, fillers or cutting agents. Irrespective of visual appearance or form, substances are quickly identified from their unique infrared spectrum, which is automatically matched to a database, just like identifying a human fingerprint. Each analysis takes less than a minute and requires no sample preparation or additional chemicals or consumables. Due to its compact size and durable components the ALPHA II Drug Identification Kit is not only suitable for stationary use but also can be moved in a carrying case and allows the use in mobile laboratories. A crucial factor for successfully identifying drug substances is the availability of comprehensive and up-to-date spectral databases.
Indigo respects our clients privacy which is why we have decided to not post the festivals organizations name, if you wish to know more about which festival this was please feel free to contact us.
Here is the information from the substance checking we did at festival #2 last summer! This one included quite a few instances of methamphetamine being sold as cocaine, and other surprises. This is why it's important to test your substances! Click Here for the results!