A nightclub in Lincoln, a city in east-central England, is the first to engage in a new drug-testing initiative.
In a partnership with local authorities, Circle Nightclub has placed drug itemiser machines at the entrance of the club, testing the hands of those who hope to enter for illegal substances.
The drug itemiser implementation comes as a part of the city’s new Operation Waiver, an initiative implemented by local authorities that will be expanding to other clubs in the city over the course of the next few months.
Licensing Sergeant Kim Enderby went into detail about how the system works:
“The machine reads the swabs and indicates if there has been any contact with illegal drugs. The machine is calibrated to test for a wide cross section of drugs widely in use including Cocaine, Ecstasy and Amphetamine. Those who tested positive were spoken to by the local officers and if the grounds were established, they would be searched under the misuse of drugs act.”
“Prior to the operation we swabbed all the public areas inside the nightclub, so the management were aware of the locations within the club where illegal drugs had been used. With this information they are able to put pro-active steps in place to deter similar activity occurring.”
According to the Community Beat Sergeant from the city, the operation was “positive” and “everyone was happy to be swabbed and could see the benefits of the operation.”