As summer draws closer there will be plenty of people looking to enjoy the sunshine and some music at a festival. However, the festivals often have a dark side with lots of young people taking illegal drugs – without really knowing what they are putting in their bodies. So, should festivals offer drug-testing for those who are attending?
The idea has already been trialled successfully in the UK, with last year’s Secret Garden Party including a drug-testing tent. There are now hopes that the tents will start appearing at other UK festivals. The question is whether these are encouraging or legitimizing drug use – or if they are simply a sensible reaction to an inevitable problem?
The chief executive of Britain’s Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), Shirley Cramer offered:
What do you think? Is this a good idea to protect people against potentially harmful substances – or do you fear it would only encourage more people to take illegal drugs?