Widespread drug use in British shops is increasingly troubling authorities and owners. Especially in pubs and clubs cocaine is a permanent condition. To be able to meet such a challenge the owners began to try a “spray against cocaine ”in an effort to stop drug dealing in their stores.
The product is called BLOKit and is supposed to cover a surface such as the toilet seat or sink with an invisible film that makes collecting lines… a bit complicated.
Obviously, the dust will stick to the sprayed surface, which, in turn, will make it difficult to inhale. The manufacturers claim that if users finally manage to get the cocaine they will be left for many hours with a “disgusting” taste that lasts for hours, practically ruining the experience.
The method is already duly disputed
The spray is currently being tested in 24 pubs around Darlington, in the north east of England.
But some experts have questioned its use as a waste of time. Noting that people can sniff out the keys, the corner of their bank card or use their phone as a surface.
Guy Jones, a senior fellow at The Loop Drug Testing Institute, asked: “Is there anyone who sniffs toilets when they can use a smartphone?”
He went on to tell Vice: “The keys are so widely known as a cocaine dosing tool that they have become the unit of measurement in drug slang.
Adam Waugh, who works for Psycare UK, a drug harm reduction charity, also questioned the effectiveness of the spray. “This is the latest in a long line of tricks proposed by the police as a solution to reducing drug use in shops.
The problem is that none of these initiatives reduces harmful drug use, at best it displaces it. In fact, they are in danger of being distracted by policies that could save lives. “
West Mercia Police Commissioner’s official Twitter page questioned people on social media and asked if the trials would help deter drug users.
The results of the poll showed that 29.4 percent of people believe it will have an impact, while the vast majority of 70.6 percent said they do not believe it will make a difference.