Drug screening should be established at music festivals following the death of a teen in Cork – Echo Live

06.08201911: 04

Robert McNamara

A GROUP advocating for drug damage reduction services is calling for drug testing centers to be developed at concert places following the death of a boy who is understood to have actually taken a substance at a Cork music celebration at the weekend.

Clonmel native Jack Downey (19) was treated on-site at the Mitchelstown-based Indiependence Festival before being rushed to Cork University Medical facility in a crucial condition.

He died on Sunday, surrounded by his household.

The event came just hours after the Government revealed it would not favour suggestions to decriminalise substance abuse.

Cautions had actually been issued regarding a “bad batch of something” flowing at the Celebration on Friday, while Cork University Healthcare facility tweeted on Saturday that it had actually gotten a patient with “serious illness”.

Drug damage decrease advocacy group Assist Not Harm has actually required Gardaí to permit drug testing facilities at occasions throughout the country without criminal effects for people accessing them. They say such services have actually been running effectively in Spain, Switzerland and Austria for over 20 years.

Help Not Harm director, Graham de Barra, states ownership of drugs should be offered amnesty for individuals using them at celebrations and clubs.

” This is not the very first case this summertime of a negative drug-related event occurring at an Irish music celebration which includes compounds of unidentified strength and quality,” said Mr De Barra.

” It is a terrible occurrence that can take place to anybody’s child which might have been avoidable with appropriate welfare and drug-testing centers on-site to detect real drug contents prior to a person consumes it,” he included.

The group says UK festivals provide a range of drug harm reduction services.

Martin Condon of Help Not Damage stated the practice is commonplace in the UK.

” While offering in the UK, I have seen very first hand how a non-judgemental and thoughtful technique can conserve lives. Cops and medics have actually applauded the work done by well-being team on-site, both saying the service is vital. Even in Ireland Gardai have experienced well-being services at Electric Picnic brought out by Aid Not Harm for the very first time,” he added.

The very first drug welfare service was presented in Electric Picnic by Help Not Harm in 2016 with wish to present throughout the nation.

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