You can now test your drugs openly in Bristol

Following,thefirstevercitycentredrugsafetytestingfacilitydesignedforrecreationalnarcoticsopenedinBristolattheweekend.

Theschemehaspoliceandcouncilsupport,andpeopleareabletoanonymouslytestthestrengthandqualitydrugsatthepop-uplabwithoutfearprosecution.

Aswellasbeingabletotestdrugs,usersaregiven15minutesdrugcounsellingandinformationaboutdrugsafetyatthefacilityhelpedbycharity.

2,593deathsrelatedtodrugmisuseswererecordedinEnglandandWalesin2016,arisethe2015figure2,299.AvonandSomersetPolicesaythat“it’stimetotrynewthings”followingyearsineffectualtactics.

InspectorMartinRowlandpraisedthecounseling,saying:”Therealbenefitforusisthattheyalsoget15to20minuteswithadrugsworkerwhowilltalktothemabouttheimpactdrugs.

“Maybethey’llgoawayfromthatnotjusthavinghadtheirdrugstestedbutcomeawaywithabitadviceandthinkactuallyI’mnotgoingtodothiskindbehaviouranymore.”

Boomtownisonefestivalwheretheschemewaspilotedin2017,andinthatyeartheeventrecordeda25percentreductioninmedicalincidentslinkedtodruguse.

50percentpeoplealsosaidtheywouldreconsidertheirdrugtakingaftertestingtheirdrugs,and20percentdecidednottotakethem.

However,theschemeisnotbeingmetwithuniversalacceptance.

MoscaBurnslostherdaughterJoanaaftershediedfromtakingMDMA,andcriticisedthefacilityfordecriminalisingpartydrugs.

Shesaid:”(Itcreates)afalsesensesecurityIthink.Itwouldgiveyoulicencetotakeitbecauseyouthinkitsokay.

“PlusIdothinkthefactthatthere’sdrugtestingstationskindlegitimisesitandmakesyoufeelitsokay,itsnotright.”

TwoothercitiesareplanningtollowBristol’sexampleandintroducedrugstestinglabsinthenearfuture.

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