Australia: Music festival: Drug detection dogs don’t deter users, survey

Drug detection dogs at music festivals are not a deterrent for people who regularly use MDMA and consume illicit drugs, new research has revealed.

Almost all (92 per cent) users told researchers they expected to see drug detection dogs at festivals, but only 60 per cent had actually encountered one.

Most (86 per cent) people take steps to avoid detection, and more than half (57 per cent) said they hide their drugs well.

One in five (20 per cent) take drugs before entering the music festival.

Just four per cent of respondents who anticipated drug dogs, chose not to bring or take drugs.

One-quarter (26 per cent) said they were stopped by police when entering festival grounds, and four per cent had their body or bag searched.

Drug dogs are trained to detect illegal substances, with a positive indication from a drug dog often used as justification by police to physically search an individual’s possessions, car or body.

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