1st January 2024, a teen girl (18) passed away from a drug overdose hours after leaving an iconic Glaswegian venue in the city's West End.
SWG3, the venue where the incident took place, is a venue that is no stranger to drug-induced deaths in 2023. The incident, which took place on New Year’s Day, was the third death this year from a drug overdose within SWG3. Personally, I have been to SWG3 many times, and every time I have been, the staff are very serious and vigorous with the paces they go through, checking for drugs and weapons on every individual entering the venue.
There are times I could say that I had actually complained about how invasive the body searches have been; however, when you hear news such as this, you can understand why they take the matter as seriously as they do.
The 18-year-old woman collapsed after being in the venue for a few hours, and an ambulance was called to the scene. People noted that the woman looked very distressed before she collapsed. The ambulance took her to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where she later died. The police have launched an investigation into the drug use. A spokesperson from SWG3 has sent out their condolences to the teen’s family and described the event as tragic.
The spokesperson from SWG3 stated: “This is a heartbreaking and devastating situation, and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time. Our team has been in direct contact with the family to offer support. Upon spotting that she was in distress, our staff swiftly intervened, bringing her to the venue’s medical unit for examination. It is important to acknowledge the persuasive issue of drug use in today’s society, and we want to emphasise that we take significant measures to prevent the entry of such substances into our venue.”
SWG3 is one of the largest and longest-established venues of its kind in Scotland, with over 2 million guests attending the venue since it opened in 2011.
The venue is in the leisure industry, for adhering to the highest standards of security and supervision. SWG3 will be closed this weekend as a mark of respect to the teen who died on New Year’s Day. This will be an opportune time for the staff at SWG3 to regroup and reevaluate. It is time for the staff to determine how they move forward as a team. However, I do not think that the staff should be held responsible in any way for those who abuse drugs on the premises. More research should be done into the matter beforehand by the police. Before something goes wrong. Find out who is selling the drugs and test ways to make the almost drug-frenzy city of Glasgow less so. A friend of mine stated that “the Arches were originally shut down for less; SWG3 will have to be very careful moving on from this third death on their premises this year.”
Edited By Sanjana Srinivasan
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