RE­NEWED CALLS FOR FES­TI­VAL DRUG TEST­ING

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The Ana Lif­fey Drug Pro­ject re­it­er­ated its will­ing­ness to pro­vide pro­fes­sional drug test­ing at Ir­ish mu­sic festivals, fol­low­ing the death of two young peo­ple at June’s Mutiny week­ender in Portsmouth.

“These tragic deaths should be a wakeup call to us all,” re­flected the Ana Lif­fey CEO, Tony Duf­fin. “We know that it is safest not to use un­known or il­licit drugs at all, but we also know that over the sum­mer some fes­ti­val-go­ers will use drugs and drink to ex­cess. These are not bad or stupid peo­ple, they are some­one’s son, daugh­ter, mother, fa­ther, aunt or un­cle.”

While pill test­ing re­mains a le­gal im­pos­si­bil­ity here, Ana Lif­fey for the sec­ond year in a row pro­vided a range of harm re­duc­tion ser­vices at the Elec­tric Pic­nic, where they en­gaged with peo­ple over the course of the week­end. Their out­reach work­ers in Strad­bally in­cluded Jack Nolan, the re­cently re­tired As­sis­tant Garda Com­mis­sioner who par­tic­i­pated in the EP Drugs Pol­icy Town Hall Meet­ing in the Hot Press Cha­t­room.

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