The City of Denver continues to set an example for how to deal with drugs and other substances in society. At a time where fentanyl encounters are at an all-time high, having access to testing materials and harm reduction resources is not only invaluable but necessary. This week, DanceSafe, an organization that is devoted to harm reduction, has installed a permanent kiosk in the novelty store Things That Glow (on 48th Ave) where you can buy testing kits, fentanyl strips, and more.
In a Facebook post, DanceSafe shared a photo of the refrigerator, located within Things That Glow, that carries their testing supplies. The post also contained a quote from DanceSafe that celebrated the achievement:
Yes, this is real. Yes, you can buy harm reduction supplies at Things That Glow in Denver. 23 years later and we’re in an ice cream fridge in public.
We hope that this is only the beginning of a shift in the perception of harm reduction. DanceSafe has been working towards this for years. The organization typically offers testing kits available on their website for purchase. They also set up booths at music festivals and venues like Red Rocks, where they will test your substances without fear of getting in trouble (although they have faced pushback in the past).
Things That Glow is located at 5275 W 48th Ave in Denver. They’re open from 11:00am-6:00pm, Monday to Thursday, and 11:00am-7:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. They’re closed on Sundays.