Shambhala Music Festival is one of the greatest leading forces dedicated to harm reduction in the music events circuit — and this year, organizers have upgraded in a major way to keep the farm safe.

Unlike many commercial events, Shambhala takes a stand as a “dry” festival. No alcohol is sold on the grounds, nor is it encouraged that attendees bring any onto the premises. However, if anyone would like to use recreational drugs, Shambhala provides a safe environment and free testing is offered on site.

In a fundraising effort two years in the making, Shams has acquired a FTIR Spectrometer, which cost $42,000 and can detect ingredients in substances. The instrument is key to keeping music fans safe and aware.

ANKORS drug checking co-ordinator Chloe Sage has the scoop on the new equipment: “Shambhala has supported ANKORS in this fundraising effort to obtain an FTIR Spectrometer for our community and to use at Shambhala every step of the way. After two years we will finally see this instrument in action.”

The FTIR Spectrometer is capable of detecting dangerous substances including Fentanyl. According to Abby NewsFentanyl was responsible for 81 percent of the over 1,420 overdose deaths in B.C. last year.

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The electronic music festival officially takes place over August 10 – 13 in Salmo, B.C., but attendees from all over begin filing in today for one of the most unique experiences of a lifetime.

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Source: Abby News | Photo: CYK Media