As well as drug-testing there will be counsellors available on-site
The organisers of Boomtown Fair have teamed up with drugs education charity The Loop, in a bid to ensure visitors to the festival stay safe.
The Loop will offer free drug testing on-site, so that anyone who is planning to use recreational drugs at the festival can at least make an informed decision about what it is they're actually putting in their bodies. There will also be drug counsellors on had to help educate and support festival-goers, while Boomtown's website has been updated with information about current drug trends, such as the dangers inherent in mixing different substances and the increased potency that has been reported in recent batches of MDMA.
A statement from Boomtown says: "After the truly heartbreaking experience of too many young people dying across the country at events, nightclubs and town centres through drug-related incidents, we want to have an open and honest discussion to make sure we are doing everything in our power to educate, protect and prevent similar incidents occurring at the festival, and beyond, in the future."
The Loop founder Professor Fiona Measham said: "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."
For more about The Loop, click here.