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    ...mandatory/'strongly encouraged' provision of drug testing kits at public events where there is likely to be drug taking ie music festivals?

    What I mean is the testing kits where someone can make sure that their MDMA is MDMA before they take it in an environment which will not lead to a person's arrest.

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    So a drug kit testing for purity of the drug they're taking?

    No. I don't. No drug taking should not be encouraged, ever. If anything I'd like to see more sniffer dogs, police etc clamping down on drugs at music festivals.
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    Yes.

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    You have my moral compass in a whacky area right now... I think you can buy these tests online? I would hope that anyone who makes a decision to take drugs would think of testing before they take it. And if we make it somewhat more accessible it may prevent deaths and or serious repercussions from bad drug fillers. I'm fighting myself. May come back later after there are more responses.

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    You do ask the good questions, don't you? I don't know! I read the OP then said yes, no, yes, no, yes and have settled with I don't know.
    My reasons for yes were that this could prevent death, if young folk (I just think of young people at raves and festivals - cos I'm an old fart now) are going to take the drugs then at least make it safe. I sort of think the NO argument could be equated to an abstinence stance on teen sex in a way - I know it's a flawed analogy but this is where my brain is going.

    My no argument is that would people really bother to test? I was young once and bullet proof and if I'm totally honest, the risk was part of the buzz.

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    This is quite interesting:

    http://theconversation.com/six-reaso...ty-drugs-34073

    I'm undecided myself but leaning towards the yes - at least to the strongly encourage with no repercussions part.

    To me it's kind of like when pubs started giving free soft drink to desi drivers or clubs (in my day they are called recovery? The ones that are open from like 5am - 11am) giving out free bottled water - a gesture to try and support people in having the safest night out possible.

    I don't really buy that it would encourage drug use, and I think the stats around improving quality in the black market overall etc are rather compelling.

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    I would publicly support the kits .... and then privately send in the cops on the sly to nab the dealers (not arrest them right away, but identify them, and follow them until the manufacturers are found).

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    Yes I would. Harm minimisation all the way (and I have never, and will never, take recreational drugs nor am I friends with anyone who does. Not my scene).

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