Bestival has announced that it will offer drug tests for festival-goers at this year’s event.
The people who come to the Dorset festival will be able to test their drugs safely reveal his power in an attempt to reduce the number of deaths.
In May of this year, two people died in the Riot festival in Portsmouth after taking drugs.
Their deaths were blamed on a “dangerous high resistance or a bad batch of substance” by the organizers of the festival.
“Bestival suggests festival-goers to avoid taking any illegal substance,” says a Bestival spokesperson in a statement.
“However, the harm reduction and the well-being of clients are our priorities, so we have taken the decision to take the Loop on-board to offer the safety of the drug test in situ, giving people the opportunity to make informed decisions.”
The Loop, a non-profit company, has already offered on the site, drug testing at events like The Warehouse Project and Parklife Festival.
In 2017, for 25 years, Louella Michie died at Bestival after taking drugs.
The Local police support Bestival take measures to ensure the safety of the attendees.
“We take the issue of drug use and the offer very seriously and in the event of last year, officers arrested 24 people for possession with intent to supply drugs,” says Superintendent Mike Rogers, of Dorset Police.
“Public safety continues to be of paramount importance and we are exploring all the options of security with our partners to ensure that the event is a safe environment for all.”
But not all of the festivals that are on board. The plans for the front of the house drug testing at the Reading & Leeds festivals have recently been scrapped amid concerns about its impact.
“The front of the house testing it sounds perfect, but it has the capacity to mislead you, I’m afraid,” festival Republic boss Melvin Benn, told The Independent.
“The determination of a bidder that a drug is in the normal limits of what a drug should be does not take into account how many of those that he or she will take it, if the person is mixed with other drugs or alcohol.
“Nor does it give any indicator of the receptivity of the body of a person who is a drug”.
Instead, Reading & Leeds festival will take place back of house drug testing to help the people who run the festival know what medications you may be on a site without projecting the assumption that the medication is safe.
“We are focused on the back of the house evidence on the events that gives us live information on what is in circulation on the site, send the entire site warnings, without comment to the individuals about what they are taking,” he added.
In 2017, the smaller uk festivals such as Secret Garden Party introduced drug tests for festival-goers.
“A remarkable percentage of the people who had their substances tested there chose to throw them in the trash,” Secret Garden Party organizer Freddie Fellows said at the time.
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