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The Vine featuring Rachel Clark from Dance Safe

By: Gina Vensel

Friday, September 17th

On episode #48 of The Vine, PMP features Rachel Clark, Programs & Communications Coordinator for Dance Safe, a 501c3 public health organization promoting health and safety within the nightlife and electronic music community. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998, DanceSafe quickly grew into a national organization with chapters in cities across North America.

The organization is also known for bringing drug checking to the rave and nightlife community in the U.S., and for distributing unbiased educational literature describing the effects and risks associated with the use of various drugs.

Rachel is truly a remarkable young woman who knows her stuff. She joined DanceSafe as a volunteer and then worked her way from an intern to a contractor and now she is a full time staff member. Rachel has been providing community harm reduction services since early high school, acting as a drug-related crisis hotline, offering drug checking services, and providing psychedelic support. She is also dedicated to expanding public understanding of the intersectionality of the War on Drugs, particularly as it pertains to racial and social justice.

Rachel explains Dance Safe’s harm reduction, drug testing, and the peer-based educational programs offered to reduce drug misuse and empower young people to make healthy, informed lifestyle choices. Like PMP, Dance Safe does not condone or condemn drug use. Rather, they provide a non-judgmental perspective to help support people who use drugs in making informed decisions about their health and safety. Tune in below or wherever you get your podcasts.