Bring in Drug Quality Tests for Festivals and Clubs - Police Chief

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Bring in Drug Quality Tests for Festivals and Clubs - Police Chief


DRUG users should be able to get substances tested to check their quality at north Wales clubs and festivals, the region's police boss has said.

Arfon Jones, North Wales' Police and Crime Commissioner, said allowing users to make sure drugs are safe to consume would save lives.

It comes after Mr Jones attended a meeting of the parliamentary cross-party group on drug reform, where think-tank Volteface and charity The Loop presented a report on bringing in drug testing at nightspots across the UK.

Testing in city centres will be rolled out in parts of England this year by The Loop.

Mr Jones said: "I've been following what The Loop have been doing in testing at festivals around the UK.

"They've been quite successful in reducing harm to festivalgoers. It's proven that drug testing does reduce harm and we need to do something about it to reduce drug-related deaths.

"Anything we can do to reduce harm caused by illegal drugs sold on the street would be a good thing. The most important thing for me is to save lives.

"The Loop offer a service in the big festivals in England where people can go and test a sample of their drugs and they can tell them what is in the drugs.

"A lot of the time people will buy illegal drugs not knowing what's in them. …

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