Wednesday 28 September 2016

Warning about risks of drug tests in clubs

Published 29/01/2016 | 02:30

The testing of illicit drugs in clubs would need to be underpinned by quality control, a symposium in Dublin was told. PA
The testing of illicit drugs in clubs would need to be underpinned by quality control, a symposium in Dublin was told. PA

The testing of illicit drugs in clubs would need to be underpinned by quality control, a symposium in Dublin was told yesterday.

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It was addressed by Josie Smith, head of substance misuse for Public Health Wales, which tests drugs it is sent anonymously.

She said the proposal for drug testing, which is being looked at here, needs to be carefully investigated first.

There may be a problem with the trust people put in testing kits - with the result that they assume a drug is 'safe'.

She was also worried that fake kits could be sold. The project she oversees has so far tested 4,000 samples and found 305 drugs.

"The drug people believe they are buying is frequently not the one they get," she added when speaking at the 'Help, Not Harm' event.

Drugs Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he was open to examining the proposal but did not yet know enough to support its introduction here.

He said Labour's election manifesto would support supervised injecting centres.

Irish Independent

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