Drug-testing at music festivals: Cocaine or concrete?

Revellers get the chance to see if their illegal drugs are what they claim to be
The Economist (UK)
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Backstage at many of Britain’s summer music festivals, suspicious pills and powders seized from tents are analysed by lab technicians. Usually it is to advise on-site doctors and police on what symptoms to look out for in people who become unwell. But this year, for the first time, festival-goers have been given the chance to get their illegal drugs tested before they take them. As police turned a blind eye, technicians of a non-profit organisation called The Loop analysed nearly 250 drug samples, mostly of ecstasy, cocaine and ketamine. (Drug-related deaths at highest levels since records began)