‘A must have’ bar drink spike test kits

Drink test kits are set to be available in bars and clubs across Northern Ireland, following a proposal from Alliance adviser Micky Murray.

The South Belfast representative said his plans to make Belfast’s ‘night economy a safer place’, would now be presented to the Licensing Committee next month – where he hoped to secure cross-party support for the scheme which will include training for local staff on the administration of the kits.

Micky added: “Our nightlife economy is growing and Belfast City Council has a responsibility to ensure our city is a safe place to come and hang out.

“By providing doping test kits to premises, which are licensed by Belfast City Council to sell alcohol, we can help reduce doping incidents, as well as get early medical interventions for victims of doping-related incidents, and could help reduce incidents of ASB and sexual assaults in our city.

“This program will not only defer those who are considering doping someone, but will also educate potential victims, and others, on how to access test kits and where to go for help if they think that they or their friends have been enriched.

“This is an initiative led by the Queen’s Students’ Union, which provides drink testing kits at Student Union bars when they reopen in September.”

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