[The Times] Music festivals offer drug testing to cut deaths

Some of Britain’s biggest music festivals are to allow people to test drugs before they take them after a number of deaths in recent years.

Reading and Leeds festivals will introduce the checking of illegal substances for attendees with the support of local police forces. The scheme could be in place at between six and ten live music events this summer.

Festivalgoers will be able to take their drugs to a tent run by The Loop, an organisation that conducts forensic testing of narcotics seized by police forces. The contents will be analysed and can be destroyed.

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