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Why police boss thinks drug users should get to test their substances at clubs and festivals

“Members of the public can bring substances of concern for free, anonymous and non judgemental forensic analysis by PhD chemists. “They then receive the results as part of a brief intervention by a healthcare professional with the overall aim of reducing drug-related harm.

Fiona Measham, director of The Loop and professor of criminology at Durham University, said: “After successfully introducing multi-agency safety testing (MAST) to UK festivals in 2016, the Loop is now planning on rolling this out to city centres in 2018 … “We found that drug-related medical incidents at festivals were reduced by about 25% because we could identify contaminants and variations in strength that could cause problems, and then users could access prompt medical attention. “A number of police forces have approached us to discuss the expansion of MAST to city centres this year, including in the West Midlands and Thames Valley.”

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Why police boss thinks drug users should get to test their substances at clubs and festivals
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