It has recently been reported that drug testing would take place at the upcoming Electric Picnic festival. We have learned post-press announcements the reality of this may have been somewhat exaggerated albeit progressive.
Will you be arrested for dropping your drugs into the HSE “drug drop-in surrender bins”? Maybe.
✂️ There will be no amnesty from arrest or prosecution for using the HSE drug drop "surrender bin"
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As reported by Maria Langan, an ICU nurse and trustee of The Loop, the expectation is to drop all drugs in your possession into the service bin.
✂️ A person is expected to surrender all drugs into the drop-in bin in their possession
60 seconds · Clipped by Casa das Drogas · Original video "Martin's World Live Stream" by Martin's World
Our advice is to use a quarter to a half pill when using the bin and only if you suspect contamination. A service like this in such circumstances may save you or your friends life and can be an effective harm reduction tool. The research gathered will have larger impacts on policy design in the long term. Which is a good thing.
On the other hand the drop-in bin is not intended to be used like in jurisdictions such as Portugal. Boom festival took place in July where attendees could get their drugs tested with total amnesty from arrest. It is a different case in Ireland which is not open to the idea of decriminalisation, yet.
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