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21.06.2010

Pill testing will not be available at dance festivals this summer

Publisher: Ing. Mgr. Bc. Vendula Běláčková Ph.D. | Last update: 21.06.2010

This year, ecstasy and other drugs will not be tested at Czech dance parties this summer for the first time in a number of years. The Czech Drug Enforcement Agency has taken a negative standpoint, claiming that NGOs offering such harm reduction intervention are actually over-stepping the law, despite the fact there have been dangerous new drugs emerging on the dance scene recently, and sold under the label of ecstasy. The topic was subject to a TV discussion on the 1st public channel; the participants were Dr. Tomas Zabransky, Head of the Research and Developmental Unit of the Centre for Addictology, and plk. Jakub Frydrych, head of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

A record of the debate is available HERE. The National Drug Coordinator has issued a positive standpoint about pill testing, despite the fact the services are not being covered by Czech drug policy funds.


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