A HSE-led advisory panel has backed the introduction of drug checking services to reduce harm from recreational drug use among festivalgoers and clubbers.
The emerging drug trends and drug checking working group recommended a pilot scheme at festivals to analyse illegal drugs disposed of in “amnesty bins” or seized by gardai or security. The contents of the drugs would then be communicated to attendees. This could ultimately lead to a “front of house” checking service, which would allow users to get their drugs analysed while they waited. However, this would require legislative change.
Source: The Times, 20/09/21