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Australia No pill-testing trial for Queensland music festival season

03:55  03 december  2019
03:55  03 december  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

Protesters demand pill testing and end to strip searches

  Protesters demand pill testing and end to strip searches The Premier and her fellow cabinet members will have "blood on their hands" if someone dies at a music festival this summer, warned protesters at a rally in Sydney.Or so says Tyson Koh, Keep Sydney Open organiser and candidate in last year's state election, speaking at a rally to protest NSW drug laws on Saturday.

Pill Testing Australia is crowdfunding to run further pill testing trials at music festivals . Vumbaca said pill testing equipment is worth about 0,000 and contrasted the expense against police drug detention dogs, which can cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

The experiment at Groovin the Moo in Canberra aims to reduce drug-related harm.

A Compact FTIR Spectrometer pill testing machine is seen during a demonstration event at Parliament House in Canberra.© AAP A Compact FTIR Spectrometer pill testing machine is seen during a demonstration event at Parliament House in Canberra.

Queensland will not introduce a pill-testing trial ahead of the summer music festival season, prompting warnings from doctors that more revellers could fall victim to deadly drugs masked as party pills.

Health Minister Steven Miles promised to look "closely at the work currently under way in Canberra in relation to the use of pill testing as a harm-reduction strategy".

Results of the Canberra trials were expected to be shared at a meeting of Australia's health ministers in late October but pill testing was pushed off the agenda as they discussed setting minimum benefits for single-room accommodation at public hospitals.

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A group of Australia's largest music festivals has warned governments to ditch their "out of touch" approach to drugs and adopt pill testing trials In an open letter published on Wednesday, the Australian Festival Association (AFA) state and territory government leaders that pill testing is not

One of the leaders of Australia's first and only pill testing trial explains how it would actually work.

Dr David Caldicott,  the designer of Australia's first government-sanctioned pill testing program, at Splendour In the Grass this year.© AAP/Regi Varghese Dr David Caldicott, the designer of Australia's first government-sanctioned pill testing program, at Splendour In the Grass this year.

Mr Miles' office said he would welcome the ACT going ahead with its briefing at the next meeting.

No date has been set but the first meeting of the year is usually in March or April.

Emergency medicine consultant David Caldicott, who oversaw the clinical team at both Canberra trials, said not introducing a clinical trial risked producing the same results as last year.

Two people died at a Queensland music festival in April after they consumed a potentially lethal concentration of MDMA.

Dassarn Tarbutt, 24, and Ebony Greening, 22, from Maleny and Nambour, were found dead in their tent at the Rabbits Eat Lettuce music festival near Toowoomba.

Man dies from suspected drug overdose at Strawberry Fields music festival in Riverina region

  Man dies from suspected drug overdose at Strawberry Fields music festival in Riverina region The 24-year-old man was taken to the medical tent and staff were told he had taken multiple substances including GHB, MDMA and cocaine. The man suffered a cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at 2:02am.Officers from the Murray River Police District are investigating.A lengthy statement from the festival organisers said the team worked year round to ensure the 9,500 festivalgoers were hosted in the safest possible environment. "We are completely devastated by this news," the statement said."We would like to send our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this distressing and terribly sad time.

pill testing facility as the festival prepares for second trial following horror summer when five The trial follows a horror summer where five young people died from overdoses Groovin the Moo will again host the testing facility at Exhibition Park on Sunday A Canberra music festival is preparing for its second

A Queensland health official will travel to the ACT to examine the territory's pill testing trial and the Premier has not ruled out tougher penalties after Rabbits Eat Lettuce (REL) were the organisers of the self-titled music festival , held at Cherrabah Resort in Elbow Valley, nearly 110 kilometres south

A NSW coroner called for pill testing after investigating six other festival deaths last summer, including that of 22-year-old Brisbane man Joshua Tam.

The ACT conducted two pill testing trials at the Groovin the Moo festivals in Canberra in April 2018 and April 2019.

A report into the 2018 trial found more than 80 per cent of participants believed they were taking MDMA, also known as ecstasy, when in reality less than half of all samples contained relatively pure MDMA.

Substances linked to a mass overdose overseas were also found in the tablets tested.

A report from the 2019 trial found seven substances containing dangerous N-ethyl pentylon, the dangers of which testers were able to explain to revellers.

"On learning about the potential harms from the substances they possessed, all patrons used the amnesty bin to discard them," the report said.

It is highly unlikely a pill testing trial will be introduced if the LNP wins the October 31 election, despite at least two sitting opposition members, Pat Weir and Christian Rowan, supporting pill testing.

'Sweetest person I know': Tributes for man, 24, who died of suspected overdose

  'Sweetest person I know': Tributes for man, 24, who died of suspected overdose Tributes are pouring onto social media for Victorian man Glenn Mcrae who died on the weekend. Medical staff were told he had taken a cocaine, GHB and MDMA.Glenn Mcrae, from Shepparton, was attending the Strawberry Fields four-day music festival in Tocumwal when he was rushed to the event's medical tent at 12.45am on Sunday.

ULTRA Music Festival is the latest event to ask the government to trial the harm minimisation strategy. UTLRA Music Festival has joined forces with the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) and Pill Testing Australia to call on the NSW government to have a pill testing trial at the

Australia's second legal pill trial , conducted by Pill Testing Australia, will once again be held at the Canberra leg of Groovin the Moo at Exhibition A Canberra music festival is preparing for its second controversial pill testing trial following a horror summer where five young people died from overdoses.

"The state LNP believes in education and rehabilitation – not giving festival-goers a false sense of security," an opposition spokesman has said.

"Drugs are illegal for a reason – one pill can kill."

Dr Caldicott said health policy should be based on research, not opinion.

"Telling young people not to take drugs is about as useful as telling them not to have sex before marriage," he said.

"We obviously need to do something new because we have a whole generation of young people ignoring what they are being told and a wide variety of new drugs coming onto the market.

"Nobody thinks pill testing is the answer to all of the drug problems in Australia, but it is a very good way to start a dialogue with young people about their choices and also to monitor the market."

The Australian National University sent a team of about 20 researchers to observe the trial earlier this year. The researchers are expected to release a report with their findings next week.

Amnesty bins to be rolled out at NSW festivals .
Amnesty bins will be available at music festivals across NSW in the wake of recommendations following a spate of drugs deaths, the premier has announced. Amnesty bins will be available at music festivals across NSW in the wake of recommendations following a spate of drugs deaths."We believe amnesty bins are a good way to increase safety so young people, if they see police don't panic and have the opportunity without questions asked to throw those pills in the bin," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

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