Not the best news you want to be hearing at the festival you’re at but reports from Cumbria’s Kendal Calling festival on the weekend just gone have said concrete amongst other unfamiliar chemicals had been found in punter’s drugs.

On site drug testing was being provided by a charity called The Loop, which allowed punter’s to test drugs without facing arrest or criminal charges. As the festival proceeded, concrete along with chemicals like malaria medicine and insecticide were all found in users’ drugs.

“I read some bad reports about the pills as well as some good ones, so I decided it would be best for me that I have the reassurance in my mind to know that I’ve come here, have it tested and know for sure.

It just gives me peace of mind to know that what I’m taking is safe instead of just taking anything.” said one festival attendee to The Independent.

The Loop’s director, Professor Fiona Measham, also chatted to The Independent saying

“We accept that some people will get drugs on site and some people will be planning to take them so what we’re doing is trying to address any potential health problems.

“This is a focus on public health rather than on criminal justice.”

The Loop had a number of festivals sign up for their services this summer, some big names included Reading and Leeds.

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