A survey analysed 250,000 festival attendees, examining the impacts of drug-checking provisions. It found that drug use did not go up, but instead festivals were safer overall.
A new study by The Loop and Liverpool University suggests that drug testing facilities at festivals ensure a safer environment, with no particular uptake in use.
Research published in Drugs, Habits and Social Policy looked at provisions available at festivals from 2016 to 2018 in Britain, studying the ‘positives and negatives’ of drug checking facilities. This included behaviours, use of the test sites themselves, and overall safety.
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The results state that there was not an increase in drugs on-site. 250,000 people from one focus group in 2018 were monitored using The Loop, a registered drug testing organisation and charity that published the study. 61% of this group disposed of their drugs if they were unsure of their contents after testing.