‘Very strong presence’ of cocaine detected in Cambridge law faculty

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By Katie King on

Female toilets tested positive


Cocaine has been found in the sink area of Cambridge law faculty’s toilets, according to reports.

Armed with drug-testing wipes, reporters from student news site The Tab found the toilets located on the ground floor of the law faculty “tested positive” for the class A substance. The article continues:

Wiping around the sink area in the female toilets of the law faculty, bright blue streaks indicated a very strong presence.

The law school’s result was unusual. The drug-testers examined a total of 24 locations, including the Union toilets, the English faculty, the University Library north front desks and the economics faculty. All but three (the law faculty, the history faculty and John’s Bar toilets) recorded negative results.

Swab results from Cambridge law faculty
Swab results from Cambridge law faculty

While The Tab joked law students could “keep up this pricey habit” because of “the six-figure salaries promised in the future”, it is worth noting these toilets can be accessed by students and staff members from multiple courses.

Aspiring solicitors and barristers will no doubt know that getting involved in illegal activity — such as drug-taking — is unlikely to do wonders for their careers. We got in touch with a spokesperson for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) about this and, as per usual, he provided us with this quote:

All potential entrants to the profession must complete the Suitability Test, which includes declaring any past convictions, to see if they are a fit and proper person to deliver legal services to the public. Every application is dealt with on its merits, there are no convictions or otherwise that lead to an automatic refusal.

We also spoke to LawCare whose chief executive, Elizabeth Rimmer, shared with us this advice:

Some students may use recreational drugs to help them cope with the demands of study or to unwind. However recreational drug use is justified or whatever your personal views are, the fact remains that using them is illegal and potentially damaging to your future career. Developing a dependence on recreational drugs can have serious health implications and affect your personal life.

She continued:

Studying law can be demanding and stressful at times but rather than turning to recreational drugs to cope, students should look at what changes they could make to their approach to studying to remain focussed and on top of their game. Looking after yourself — eating well, good sleep, making time for friends, family, hobbies and exercise — are healthy approaches and are known to work. Reaching for drugs could lead to addiction and a tough and long road of treatment. For more information and resources about managing your well-being visit our website.