Meet the Team
The Bunk Police, at its core, is a team of dedicated individuals working towards the goal of minimizing risk in drug culture, and pushing to lower the rates of overdose and drug-related fatalities. Covert by nature, but bold in execution—we thrive behind the scenes and let our actions speak for themselves.
For the past decade, our globally-operating team has been conducting research, perfecting our methods, and working tirelessly to expand the effort and embed crucial harm reduction initiatives into mainstream culture. Through diligent work and dedication, our talented team members have pushed the movement forward from all angles.
The Bunk Police’s tremendous growth is largely due to the effort and care of these individuals working from behind the scenes. Since 2011, our original team has worked to steadily ignite a strong social media and web presence, to aid in imperative marketing initiatives, and assist in conjuring authentic, grassroots support. Many of these team members are still present to this day, collaborating with fresh faces to continue pushing forward. The organization’s success, freedom, and reputation is built from the commitment and passion of our hardworking, diverse, and motivated team.
The Bunk Police is an organization that believes in the power of the individual, and the power of the community. Anyone wishing to spur change by healing a broken culture of drug misrepresentation and disempowerment can also proudly consider themselves a part of The Bunk Police—by using our kits, spreading the word, and fighting for progress and openness in their own culture and society. In this way and many more, we hope to embolden others by providing a sense of possibility for the future of our shared effort.
Determined for Change
The Bunk Police’s founder, under the pseudonym of Adam Auctor, began The Bunk Police with a simple effort in mind—to provide transparency in an uncharted substance market. After witnessing the lack of accessible harm reduction tools at live music events, Auctor became familiar with the detrimental effects an adulterated substance could have on a person. This largely motivated the desire to produce kits that could check for these dangerous adulterants—lives were being lost, and change was a necessity.
The Bunk Police started small, with Auctor conducting live testing free of charge to patrons at the biggest music festivals in North America. Placing the power to test in the hands of the individual became a priority, with the goal of making transparency and awareness as widespread and accessible as possible.
The risks associated with pushing for a controversial cause, and toeing the line of legal gray areas (with test kits federally legal, but legally ambiguous in many states) was not a deterrent for Auctor. The Bunk Police’s broader hopes have always been to drive cultural, and eventually, legislative change, no matter the obstacle.
Mental Health & Healing
The Bunk Police’s belief in reducing harm in substance culture stems from more than worst-case scenarios and overdose data—it extends into a deeper philosophy involving mental health and societal wellbeing.
Through personal experience, and witnessing significant changes in others, Auctor truly believes in the healing power of psychedelic substances. The ability to verify these substances, revered by many for their capacity to aid in mental health treatment and personal actualization, is another large driving factor behind The Bunk Police. From this perspective, substance test kits are essential tools for the betterment of society—bringing transparency to a potentially life-changing, healing act. Though this use is never a risk-free activity, and psychedelic/empathogenic substance use is not an all-powerful cure, the ability to choose to engage in a psychedelic experience should be left up to the individual. The Bunk Police asserts that anyone who chooses to use drugs should have the ability to do so as safely as possible, and if intended, allow for potential healing to occur in an ideal environment—one without fear.
A Hope Not Lost
The Bunk Police’s inception came from a place of hope, a witnessing of a necessity, and a desire to see valuable lives saved. The positive reception The Bunk Police has received further strengthens the movement, and reinforces the notion that harm reduction through substance checking is a tool for the greater good. The United States’ drug culture is dangerous, clandestine, and at times, seemingly hopeless. The Bunk Police intends to revive that hope, and is as relentlessly determined as ever.