A tripsitter (trip sitter) is someone who watches over people who are under the influence of psychoactive (usually psychedelic) drugs. This is done as a form of insurance to have someone with a clear head able to ease the psychological anxiety in case someone will be having a "bad trip". Such person can evaluate and distinguish objective dangers from psychological fears (e.g. someone actually has extremely fast or slow heart rate, hyperthermia, etc. vs someone believes they have that because they are anxious about the psychological/cognitive effects the drug is causing). The tripsitter can also prevent people from doing something dangerous while under the influence of the drug, call for help if there's a real need for that. Needless to say that this person has to be sober.
The idea is to create an online service (an app) for people to find a tripsitter whenever they need one. The app would only be allowed in countries where certain drugs are legalized/decriminalized for personal consumption. The tripsitters could only serve people who are taking those drugs that are not in conflict with the law in that particular country.
If people decide to take drugs and want to have someone tripsitting them it's usually difficult to find a person willing to do that job from the circle of friends, because firstly people usually want to also get high instead of staying sober and watching and secondly - it's a responsibility. Paying to friends is hardly an option.
I Imagine such an app working by a similar principle that bolt, wolt, and similar apps work - anyone can register as a worker, and when there are requests for the service from customers' side anyone available at that time and in close enough location will get a job to do. Just in this particular case, the hiring process would take a bit longer.
Each tripsitter would have a profile on the app for those willing to hire to get to know a bit about him/her and decide whether they want to hire that particular person. The tripsitters would indicate their interests, character features, experience with drugs, etc. The reviews from people who hired that person in the past would be displayed. Common social media connections could also be displayed to make people trust each other more. Finally, after getting a good impression from the profile the "travelers" and the tripsitter could meet live for an equivalent of a job interview, just in this case it would be mostly done to test whether the tripsitter and all the people who will take drugs get along and feel comfortable being around each other. This is extremely important in the context of drug use.
Tripsitting is not a rocket science and any sober person could potentially do it, but nevertheless, it’s best to have some knowledge on how to deal with different situations. The app creators could provide courses for tripsitters on how to correctly behave in different situations that they might encounter with drug users. Such information should be backed with objective data - things learned from drug studies involving human volunteers, simple first aid medicine rules, basics of psychological help for people who are anxious/afraid, etc. Only those who passed the course could be allowed to register as tripsitters on the platform.
While researching the web for this idea I found one Holland-based website offering live tripsitting services and one online chat-based website which seems to be internationally oriented and operates in disguise by using VPNs. I didn't find any app similar to the one that I envision. Ideally, the app would be international, legal (adapted to the specific laws of each country), and the tripsitting services would be live, or both live and online tripsitting could be provided.
Benefits that the realization of this idea brings: Makes it easier for people to create a safe environment for themselves when taking drugs. Contributes to the lessening of unnecessary stigmatization of drugs which only causes more harm to society by provoking hasty and irresponsible drug use. Creates job vacancies.