Published on 14 Aug 2017 Sections

Drug tests at festivals: prioritising safety or condoning illegal drug use?

It’s the summer and for hundreds of thousands that means a trip to a music festival. But along with beer and bands, illegal substances also feature for many gig goers.

Now the Boomtown Fair in Hampshire has become one of the first festivals to offer on-site drug testing. But with drug deaths at a record high, is this a pragmatic solution prioritising safety over the law or effectively condoning illegal drug use?

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