Reports say that the service is legal because those carrying out the service won’t be handling the drugs and because any substances tested are going to be destroyed.

The scheme has its critics of course and some have suggested that the scheme could normalise drug-taking, arguing no drugs are truly safe.


Professor Neil McKeganey, founder of the Centre for Substance Use Research at Glasgow University wrote:

I am staggered this is being contemplated, the police are advocating a view which one would not unfairly describe as facilitating drug use.

By implication the green light has been given by the authorities to consumption. It’s hard to see how this isn’t an absolute breach of our current drugs laws.

The National Police Chief’s Council has been quoted as saying that the scheme could be useful but that they did not not fully endorse it for national implementation.