Respect the Research

The Bunk Police have had a heavy presence at music festivals throughout the United States since 2011. Unfortunately, as the industry has progressed, the days of events turning a blind eye to our presence (or even openly allowing it) have passed. We’ve been shut down at over a dozen events and the trend only seems to be getting worse. Other harm reduction organizations are also struggling to even get their foot in the door at the vast majority of events.

The rise of fentanyl as well as the corporatization of the music festival industry has forced us to change tactics, broaden our scope, and turn up the volume.


BUNKBOT is a deceptively simple yet incredibly powerful communication tool. To start, just text “safety” to 1-888-NOT-BUNK (668-2865) and you can sign up to receive texts when:

1) We set up at the event(s) of your choice and start distributing kits on site.

2) We are shut down by security and re-open elsewhere.

3) We find an adulterated or otherwise dangerous substance.

BUNKBOT serves as an instantaneous substance alert system that can operate at any event, even with limited cellular service. As soon as a particularly dangerous substance is submitted to BUNKBOT, everyone who has signed up for that event will be immediately receive a text with a description of the substance / packaging / dealer / etc.. This allows word to spread quickly with the goal of stopping overdose events before they occur. This system has been used to track down and stop over a dozen fentanyl-in-cocaine dealers at events across the U.S..


The BUNKBOT system relies on users reporting adulterated or otherwise dangerous substance – in order to do so, simply text as much info about the substance / tests performed as possible to 1-888-NOT-BUNK (668-2865). If you’re not already signed up, text “safety” to that number first before you start sending us info.

Please send any of the following information that you can: event name, location at the event, type of substance tested, type of test kit(s) used, and pictures of the substance / baggie / test results. We do not send out text alerts for every report we receive in order to to avoid creating a panic amongst attendees. We will, however, send out alerts for fentanyl and other substances that pose an immediate threat.

All other submissions will be posted at www.reddit.com/r/bunkbot for open discussion.


Once you’ve texted “bunk” to 555-888 you can sign up for alerts at various events by texting the following keywords:

Ultra Music Festival – text “ultra”

Okeechobee Music Festival – text “okee”

Backwoods Music Festival – text “backwoods” 

Electric Daisy Carnival – text “EDC”

Summercamp Music Festival – text “summercamp” 

Backwoods Music Festival – text “backwoods”

Bonnaroo Music Festival – text “bonnaroo” 

Electric Forest Music Festival – text “electricforest”

Camp Bisco Music Festival – text “campbisco”

Peach Music Festival – text “peachfest”

Burning Man – text “burningman”

Lost Lands Music Festival – text “lostlands”

Imagine Music Festival – text “imaginefest”

Hulaween Music Festival – text “hulaween” 

If you would like us to consider adding an event to our list, please email bunkpolice@gmail.com with the name / website and any other important information.