Drug Testing Pioneers ‘The Loop’ Announce New Partnerships

Festival season has arrived, and drug testing pioneers The Loop have today received the support of an array of influential figures across music, policing, event management and public health. The Loop have received well deserved plaudits for their groundbreaking Multi Agency Safety Testing (MAST) service, which they are set to provide at up to nine UK … Continued

Volteface Comment: Why the Right Should Endorse DCRs

  Despite the chaos of Brexit, Westminster support for drug consumption rooms has hit an all time high and, for the first time, the call for reform has come from a centre right think tank, the Adam Smith Institute. Drug consumption rooms (DCRs) operate in 60 cities worldwide and act as professionally supervised healthcare facilities … Continued

Drug Safety Testing: A Brief Home Office Timeline

  Last week, the UK’s first drug safety testing clinic to be licensed by the Home Office opened its doors in Weston-Super-Mare. Whilst this is a very welcomed and progressive move by the Government, they have not always been so favourable to drug safety testing. Here is a timeline of their positions on drug safety … Continued

Addaction Announces First Ever Home Office Licensed Drug Checking Facility

  In a landmark move for harm reduction, the drug treatment charity Addaction has announced that it has opened the UK’s first drug safety checking facility licensed by the Home Office. The facility opened on Friday 22nd February and is being run in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire and The Loop. Since 2016, drug … Continued

Frontline Security Enter the Drug Debate

  A new, comprehensive guide has emerged from Working the Doors providing a macro-look at drugs and drug taking. Rather than beating the tired ‘zero tolerance’ drum echoed from many corners of night-time security (which refuses to acknowledge that drug taking in public spaces, such as nightclubs, DOES exist), Steve Johnson recognises the issues in this … Continued

Another “Bad Batch”?

Last weekend saw both the start of the UK summer festival season and the abrupt end to one of its festivals – forced to close early due to two drug-related deaths and over 15 hospital admissions. Sadly another two young adults have been added to the growing list of festival drug casualties. This same weekend, … Continued