This press release is in response to recent media coverage of the TripSit network. There have been several misrepresentations as to the goals of our network.
Recent news coverage incorrectly defines the TripSit Network as a “social networking site just for drug users.” The TripSit Network is a network of quality resources including: chat rooms, forums, articles, and a social networking platform for psychonautical and spiritual discussions. TripSit is run by a group of dedicated volunteers with the aim of reducing harm in drug use, and providing positive support to those who have nowhere else to turn to.
- We do not encourage the irresponsible abuse of drugs or mixing of drugs. On the contrary; users who join our network are already intent on taking drugs, and we provide services to keep them safe. We do not condone the abuse of drugs or mixing of potentially dangerous combinations of drugs.
- Our number one goal is to provide positive support and encourage harm reduction by providing techniques, advice, and in some cases, helping users deal with possible negative psychological consequences of their actions and experiences.
- We have a zero tolerance policy on the abuse of dangerous drugs and any discussion of suicide or other psychological issues, and we do remove rule breakers from the community to ensure they do not become a bad influence on others.
- There is often a conflation between a ‘bad trip’ and a medical emergency apparent with expert testimonials given in news reports. A bad trip refers to a situation in which someone may be feeling panicked, depressed, anxious, or upset while under the influence of psychotropic drugs and would like somebody to talk to in a supportive, positive, and relaxing environment.
- Tripsit is not intended to be a replacement for medical help, as we are not medical professionals. We strive to provide advice and positive support to users who are already engaged in drug use. We provide information concerning the consequences, side effects, and addictive properties of using and/or mixing potentially harmful drugs.
The implication that users who require our advice should not be using in the first place may, in some cases, be a valid point. The TripSit Network does not exist to promote the dangerous use or mixing of drugs. We do not categorically generalize drug use and its safety.
Due to the stigmatization of drug users in general, many people are hesitant to seek medical advice when it may be needed. Many users do not have a solid support structure of friends and family or access to adequate medical services. In some cases, TripSit is the only resource our users have to turn to for advice, support, and positivity. This advice and support can and has saved lives. Since many people are hesitant or unable to seek adequate medical assistance, we feel that attitudes like those of D.J. Diebold are unrealistically optimistic. Tripsit provides an answer to these draconian views and attitudes towards drug use. We save lives where they will not.
The TripSit team is available for questions or comments by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.