Health Experts Back Drug Testing Tents At UK Festivals

8 June 2017, 12:03

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It follows the news that the likes of Reading & Leeds will roll out the initiative this year.

Health experts have suggested that drug-testing tests should become "stand" at festivals.

Last year's Secret Garden saw a programme trialled which enabled punters to test the contents of their drugs, and now it's set to be rolled out at "between six and 10 festivals" including Reading & Leeds this year. 

As NME reports, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) have advised that drug testing  should become "standard" in order to protect the crowds.

A statement from RSPH’s chief executive Shirley Cramer reads: "“While the use of stimulant ‘club drugs’ such as ecstasy can never be safe, and RSPH supports ongoing efforts to prevent them entering entertainment venues, we accept that a certain level of use remains inevitable in such settings.

“We therefore believe that a pragmatic, harm reduction response is necessary,” she continued. “The pilots carried out by The Loop last summer suggest providing drug safety testing facilities to festival-goers and night-clubbers is a promising part of the equation in preventing these deaths, both by exposing and reducing the circulation of super strength or adulterated pills, and by providing an opportunity to impart practical harm reduction advice to an audience who would not normally engage with drug services.”

She added: “We urge events companies to make these facilities a standard part of the UK festival and clubbing landscape, and we urge both local and national police and public health authorities to provide the support that will enable this.”