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Secret Garden Party Festival First To Offer Drug Testing

The Secret Garden Party Festival is one of the first to offer drug users the chance to test their substances before making a choice to take them or not.

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In a ground-breaking new project, The Secret Garden Party Festival teamed up with the drug testing organisation The Loop to become the first festival to allow drug users the chance to see what exactly is in what they are taking, before actually taking the substance, in an effort to curb drug harm.

The Loop has been an organisation which has existed for many years now, but they have only been testing drugs that have either been seized, dropped in amnesty bins, brought forward by paramedics when dealing with cases, all around nightclubs and events. The Secret Garden Party Festival has become the first festival which allows a potential drug user to come forth, have their drugs tested and make a decision on whether or not they want to take the substance after they have been informed what it contains.

For the first time we’ve been able to offer the testing service to individual users as part of a tailored advice and information package provided by a team of experienced drugs workers. This can help people make informed choices, raising awareness of particularly dangerous substances in circulation and reducing the chance of drug-related problems occurring. – Fiona Measham (The Loop Co-Founder)

As I always say, drugs are always going to be a part of dance music, and the wider festival circuit as a whole. It isn’t going to change until the laws change. So if a user can come forth, have their drugs tested and see what they are taking, then this will hopefully reduce harmful overdoses and make for safer festivals.

With The Secret Garden Party Festival offering this service alongside The Loop, over a quarter of people who had their substances tested binned them, with many finding out that what they had been sold, was not what they expected. Anti Malaria tablets had been sold as Ketamine, and Ammonium Sulphate had been sold as MDMA, with this just being a few examples.

Police also took a backward step on the news, as they looked for a safer option and making sure that everyone at the festival was safe, rather than going for enforcement. A positive sign and hopefully a brighter future ahead.

Respect to all those involved and especially The Secret Garden Party Festival for trailing this.

Source: The Guardian
Photo Source: SGP

The Secret Garden Party Festival.

In a ground-breaking new project, The Secret Garden Party Festival teamed up with the drug testing organisation The Loop to become the first festival to allow drug users the chance to see what exactly is in what they are taking, before actually taking the substance, in an effort to curb drug harm.

The Loop has been an organisation which has existed for many years now, but they have only been testing drugs that have either been seized, dropped in amnesty bins, brought forward by paramedics when dealing with cases, all around nightclubs and events. The Secret Garden Party Festival has become the first festival which allows a potential drug user to come forth, have their drugs tested and make a decision on whether or not they want to take the substance after they have been informed what it contains.

For the first time we’ve been able to offer the testing service to individual users as part of a tailored advice and information package provided by a team of experienced drugs workers. This can help people make informed choices, raising awareness of particularly dangerous substances in circulation and reducing the chance of drug-related problems occurring. – Fiona Measham (The Loop Co-Founder)

As I always say, drugs are always going to be a party of dance music, and the wider festival circuit as a whole. It isn’t going to change until the laws change. So if a user can come forth, have their drugs tested and see what they are taking, then this will hopefully reduce harmful overdoses and make for safer festivals.

The Secret Garden Party Festival.

With The Secret Garden Party Festival offering this service alongside The Loop, over a quarter of people who had their substances tested binned them, with many finding out that what they had been sold, was not what they expected. Anti Malaria tablets had been sold as Ketamine, and Ammonium Sulphate had been sold as MDMA, with this just being a few examples.

Police also took a backward step on the news, as they looked for a safer option and making sure that everyone at the festival was safe, rather than going for enforcement. A positive sign and hopefully a brighter future ahead.

Respect to all those involved and especially The Secret Garden Party Festival for trailing this.

Source: The Guardian
Photo Source: SGP

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