Should The U.S. Follow Britain’s Lead And Offer Booths At Clubs That Warn Users If Their Cocaine Is Safe Or Not?
Because drugs aren’t legal, they are not regulated and unfortunately that means that some black market drugs could harm people. Users could get ahold of a bad batch and have a dangerous reaction. Nightclubs in the U.K. are attempting to combat potentially treacherous drugs. Clubs will offer a booth outside that tests MDMA and cocaine to see if it is pure and safe to use. The tests will determine if the drugs are “adulterated or highly potent.”
The service will use sophisticated laser equipment that can reveal any drug’s content in minutes. Users will not be required to give their names.
However, they will destroy any samples tested, but that’s a far better option than taking a bad batch that could hurt you.
Fiona Measham, professor of criminology at Durham University and co-director of the Loop, the non-profit company that will run the service, said: “It’s a very new service and some people might see it as quite radical, but it’s focusing on harm reduction.”
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this concept is that police are in favor of the idea.
So is this a program that clubs in the U.S. should adapt to prevent unnecessary deaths from drugs.