[The Telegraph] | Drugs at festivals are inevitable. It's time to focus on safety, not criminalising users
Last weekend, the summer festival season started in the most tragic way – with two drug-related deaths and the subsequent closure of Mutiny Festival. This is by no means a one-off, every year there are drug-related deaths at festivals, as well as in clubs in our city centres.
Whenever these deaths occur it is put down to a “bad batch”, but the reality is about one in ten samples tested at festivals last year were mis-sold by dealers. It is time that we started to take harm reduction seriously and do something to prevent these tragedies. [Read more]