Drug Safety Testing: Saving lives, increasing awareness

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Knowing what is in any drug, and how strong it is, can reduce the risk of overdose, poisoning or long term damage. So ‘drug safety testing’ involves people handing over a sample of their drugs voluntarily, and without fear of arrest, for testing to identify what it contains, including any contaminants and its strength. People are also given advice on how to minimise the harms from taking drugs. Testing is either carried out on the spot, or results are provided within a few days.