Jorge first got in touch with working in the field of harm reduction at a alcohol harm prevention projekt while studying social work in 2013. SInce 2015 he's working at checkit! in vienna. In addition to stationary and mobile drug checking, checkit! offers various support services such as counseling and information for users of recreational drugs. There he was always working as a counsellor while working on other topics like coordination of mobile drug checking events, coordination of Peer-Projects and is now leading all the outreach services offered by checkit.
checkit! and integrated drug checking
Integrated drug checking tries to combine drug checking services with psychosocial counseling. The goal ist to provide the possibility for drug users to reflect their drug use to be more self determined, with experiencing less harm. checkit! is also using this method as a contact tool to recreational drug users. The team of counselors is working as a link between the scientific and potentially hard to understand pharmacology and the users.
This means to not only to know all the hard facts about substances but also think about and establish methods of counseling in this topic. Besides of inhouse developed standards, checkit! also uses Motivational Interviewing for its integrated drug checking.