Nightclubs and pubs in Preston have been given approval to offer in-house drug testing stations, with the city centre letting clubbers have a serious person in a white coat test the substance they're about to inhale, eat, or stick up their bottoms for a quick pick me up.
Similar to the testing facilities brought in to some festivals, the scheme will see booths pop up in the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights early next year, where some poor sod will stand around in the cold waiting for very drunk people to demand to know how nice their drugs are. What a lovely job that will be.
The scheme will be operated by drugs charity The Loop, which already offers "forensic testing" of MDMA and its crystal form to measure its purity and therefore the severity of the gurning the taker is likely to experience. Co-director of The Loop told The Times that: "It’s a very new service and some people might see it as quite radical, but it’s focusing on harm reduction." [The Times via Metro]