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Boomtown Fair Announces New Drug Awareness Policy

Whether you like it or not, it is an accepted fact that when a large number of people gather together for a musical event, there will be at least one member of the audience who is partaking of drugs.

This is why, for their 2017 festival, organisers at Boomtown have put in place several initiatives that aim to keep everyone at the festival safe. Not only have they invited The Loop to the festival, with their MAST tent (which offers free drug-testing and disposal), but they will also have trained drugs councillors at each campsite meeting point, as well as pre-event initiatives to help educate those who are unfamiliar with drug use.

Prof. Fiona Measham, who founded The Loop and MAST campaigns, had this to say: We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Boomtown this year to help reduce drug-related harm on site. We will be providing our free, anonymous, drug safety testing – MAST – for the first time at Boomtown this year and hope that this will help inform all services on site, as well as festival-goers, who may encounter substances of concern.”

There will be a heightened police presence at the festival and organisers have also put into place increased gate searches, amnesty bins, and a more stringent removal policy for those caught taking or selling drugs at the festival.

The Boomtown website also has several information pages available to read, which offers unbiased information regarding the use of drugs, including polydrug use (using multiple substances), dangers of drug use, and the strength of ecstasy tablets. Ticket-holders who plan to attempt to use drugs are advised to read this information first.

Boomtown Fair Festival takes place from Friday 10th August until Sunday 13th August, at Ovington Park, Hampshire. For the full line-up, photos, videos and ticket information head over to our Boomtown Fair Festival page.


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