The use of drugs in nightclubs is becoming a concerning trend amongst young people, with it being a common occurrence for illegal drugs to be used on a night out for some. Particular clubs have gained a reputation in Manchester for their lenient security policies, allowing more business from those looking to take drugs on their night out. The risks have been shown from this type of behaviour; With drug related deaths hitting record highs, making it questioned why their use is so common in clubs with security on the door.
When commenting on the issue Greater Manchester Police suggested they “Don’t believe that Greater Manchester has an increasing problem with these so called party drugs”. However despite this comment in 2015 there was a record number of deaths from MDMA, suggesting that either use of the drug is up or it is more dangerous for the people taking it than ever before. It appears that the party drug trend will not disappear as it grows in popularity and danger, making it troubling that the police haven’t t acknowledged the growing trend and some clubs offer little security to at least stop its use on their property.
The issue of poor drugs control made national news when London nightclub Fabric was shut down due to the level of drugs being taken in the club came to the attention of police after the death of two teenagers. Considering it took such a terrible series of events to gain the attention of the police to discover that “procedures in relation to searching were insufficient to prevent the consumption and dealing of drugs within the club” it appears most clubs will get away with their relaxed security procedures. Seeing as the closing of Fabric was an uncommon occurrence, it shows that not much is done to clubs with a reputation for allowing drugs use on their properties. However popular opinion felt that the club Fabric were not responsible for their customers using drugs while on the property suggesting that some feel the security are not responsible for the decisions of their customers. This lead to a large petition to save the club from closure, eventually resulting its reopening under new and stricter licensing rules that would be overmatched by the police. New rules to be implemented when the club reopens includes more thorough CCTV monitoring and lifetime bans for anyone caught asking for drugs.
— fabriclondon (@fabriclondon) August 30, 2016
As well as London the problem of drug use appears to be making news in Manchester as the problem grows, recently a teenage girl died after visiting a Manchester nightclub when taking drugs in the venue. Evidently, the clubs that have been punished aren’t the only ones failing to stop club goers from taking dangerous drugs while in their club. To some extent there is certainly an issue with security, some clubs appear to work hard at searching those entering in comparison to others that have a reputation for minor security checks and issues with bribery.
Despite some clubs best efforts to prevent drugs use it appears to be an impossible task to completely irradiate it. Due to a growing culture of taking drugs such as MDMA that are easy to hide it has made it difficult for the use of security dogs and screening processes to catch everyone. Some have argued that due to the culture of taking party drugs some will take the drugs no matter what, explaining why some clubs feel there is no need lose business to try and stop the inevitable
So who is at fault for the influx of drug use in clubs? Is it the security being too relaxed about searches, or it it the fault of those who will stop at nothing to sneak them in? In my opinion both have some level of responsibility for the problem, some security guards do very little to prevent drugs entering clubs. Though on the other hand those who sneak drugs in to clubs make it very difficult for security to catch them, making it hard even for those doing the best job they can to stop them. Despite it being arguable that people will do whatever it takes to get drugs in, it appears some clubs in Manchester may need sanctions put on them similar to Fabric to at least reduce the amount of drugs taken on their premises.
To find out how other students felt about clubs securities, I had a short conversation about the problem of drug use in Manchester.
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