Free drugs testing site introduced at Kendal Calling

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Police presence after drug related death. HARRY ATKINSON
Harry Atkinson
Police presence after drug related death. HARRY ATKINSON
29 July 2016 5:09PM

FESTIVAL-GOERS are set to benefit from a new drugs testing site that has been introduced at Kendal Calling this weekend.

This year's music festival has increased safety around drugs use by introducing a free drugs testing service on site.

The initiative has been set up with in conjunction with drugs testing organisation, The Loop.

Organisers have introduced the site to reduce the dangers surrounding drugs.

A cheap high is not worth dying for.

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A representative from Kendal Calling said: “We have extensive security measures and controls in place to prevent drugs getting on site including detection dogs, robust searches at all gates and Police intelligence.

"However we acknowledge that, despite everything we’re doing to prevent it, illegal substances are likely to be consumed on the festival site.

"The Loop are here to protect our festival goers and help them make informed choices.”

People at the festival can take any substances of concern to The Loop advice point where they can be fully tested using a range of laboratory techniques.

Results will then be given to individuals as part of a free, confidential information package by trained and experienced drugs workers.

The system has been developed with the full support of Cumbria Constabulary who say "a cheap high is not worth dying for."

Superintendent Justin Bibby of Cumbria Police:

“Enjoy this event but please be aware of the potential dangers of taking either illegal drugs or new psychoactive substances – you can never be sure of what they contain.

"I want everyone that visits the festival to return home to their loved ones; understand the risks – a cheap high is not worth dying for.

"We will be working closely with the event security teams to prevent illegal substances being supplied and used and we will be using all means at our disposal to achieve it.”

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