Dr Miriam Stoppard: Clinic for testing recreational drugs is a huge step forward

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A lot of people probably won’t agree with me, but I find ­myself rejoicing in a new plan to help drug users.

The reasons I’m in favour of drug-testing clinics is that they’re likely to be very helpful, they’re non-judgmental and they could save lives.

Without fear of arrest or prosecution at the first checking clinic licensed by the Home Office, drug users have the chance to have illicit substances tested before taking them.

The initiative could be introduced across the country if it is shown to save lives. Charity Addaction is running the service in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

Anyone over the age of 18 can take drugs to the clinic and it will take about 10 minutes to test the content.

During this time, the user will complete a questionnaire to allow drug advice to be personally tailored in order to limit harm.

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