Prevention expert , Jellinek , Drug checking service (DIMS) / Unity
Amsterdam / Netherlands
Raoul Koning has been involved in drug checking in the Netherlands since 2011. He has worked at the head office of the Dutch Drugs Information and Monitoring System (DIMS) for several years. Since 2017 he is working for the Jellinek drug checking service (DCS), which has offices in Amsterdam, Utrecht and two smaller cities. He is also the project leader of Unity Amsterdam, a peer-to-peer harm reduction project. In his spare time he works with the OPEN Foundation, promoting research into psychedelics as useful tools in psychotherapy, healthcare, science and society.
Abstract title: DIMS, 30 years of experience with consultation
The Dutch drug checking service Drugs Information and Monitoring System (DIMS) has been running for 30 years. Over the years the basics of the system have remained pretty much the same, but of course there are some changes. One of them is the approach to the consultation with the visitors. Research, discussions and insights from employees changed the subjects and the approach of the consultation. How did it evolve over the years and what did it evolve into? Another change is the number of visitors, which has increased dramatically over the last few years. Which leads to friction between helping as many people as possible and informing the visitors to the best of our abilities.