DRUG TESTING

The case for offering drug testing at music events was further strengthened this summer, with substances falsely sold as MDMA at Bestival keeping people awake for up to four days and warnings issued for dangerously strong pills, including a Darth Vader press that contained MDMA, ketamine and cocaine. In a breakthrough summer for the service, and with consent from the […]

MADE Festival has announced plans to offer on-site drug testing and counselling, following recommendations from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. The Birmingham event will be working in collaboration with The Loop, which will be running its MAST (Multi-Agency Safety Testing) service at the event. This comes after the news of two deaths at […]

Drug testing in night time economy areas should be introduced to reduce drug-related deaths, according to a new report. The report by The Loop, Volteface, Durham University and The All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform comes as deaths from cocaine and ecstasy are at an all-time high. It also suggests an independent information […]

Boomtown Fair is the latest festival to utilise drug testing on-site. The 60,000-capacity festival has linked up with substance testing organisation The Loop and will also have trained drug counsellors available to attendees at each campsite hub. Prior to the festival, Boomtown has dedicated a page on its website highlighting UK drug trends including the risk of […]


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