UK police in Lancashire are offering a free service to test the purity of cocaine and MDMA in nightclubs in the first trial of it’s kind.
The idea is that the “drug booths” will help warn revellers about “adulterated or highly potent” drugs that could be fatal to those taking them.
The service to help people check the quality of their drugs will operate in one town center on Friday and Saturday nights, and has been applauded by many.
Criminology professor Fiona Measham stressed that the idea isn’t to punish people for taking drugs, but to make it safer for those who do.
“It’s a very new service and some might see it as quite radical, but it’s focusing on harm reduction.”
Reports say that the service is completely legal, as those carrying out the service won’t be handling the drugs and because any dangerous substances tested will be destroyed.
Others have attacked the idea, accusing the police of “advocating drug use” and giving substance consumption “the green light”.
Based on the results of this trial, the scheme could be rolled out across the UK.