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Nightclubs in Preston, Lancashire, will be rolling out a new initiative, allowing people to test the purity of MDMA and cocaine, both Class A substances, reports The Times.
This is set to be starting at the turn of the new year, with the local police force in favour of the idea.
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Obviously, there are two sides to every coin. Those in favour argue that it will decrease the risk of people taking a concoction of chemicals, instead making an informed decision on how pure the substance is and how potent, while critics claim it is normalising the use of Class A drugs.
Fiona Measham, professor of criminology at Durham University, told The Times: "It's a very new service and some people might see it as quite radical, but it's focusing on harm reduction."
Similar procedures have been put in place at festivals in the past, but this is the first time it has been rolled out to nightclubs.
The National Police Chief's Council has yet to promote the scheme on a national basis, but is monitoring its effectiveness.
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