Drugs: Misuse

Home Office written question – answered at on 25 October 2021.

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Photo of Christian Wakeford Christian Wakeford Conservative, Bury South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of drug safety testing for (a) festivals and (b) events in the night-time economy.

Photo of Christian Wakeford Christian Wakeford Conservative, Bury South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of drug safety testing facilities in city centres to prevent drug-related harm in the night-time economy.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Minister of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

No recent assessment has been made of the potential merits or risks of drug testing facilities at festivals, events or in city centres.

No illicit drug can be assumed to be safe and there is no safe way to take illicit drugs. The possession, supply or production of a controlled drug without a licence - where one is needed - is a criminal offence. Tackling drug misuse requires a system wide approach, and a need to work closely with local partners.

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