RENEWED CALLS FOR FESTIVAL DRUG TESTING
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.