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27 Sep 2018

Dr Bartone called for pill testing trials after two young people died and three more were hospitalised following suspected drug overdoses at a recent Sydney music festival.

Dr Bartone said innovative approaches, under controlled circumstances, are needed to prevent future tragedies.

“We can’t continue to just use a law enforcement solution,” he told Sky News.

“We have a serious problem, it is out of control, and we need to have a look at a raft of solutions. There’ll be other opportunities, other venues, other occasions where pills of dubious origin will be taken by young and unsuspecting drug users.

“The actual episode of testing the pill is not just saying: ‘Oh, that’s an okay drug, you can take that.’ It’s an opportunity to try and inform [them] about the dangerous consequences and try to get an opportunity to give them education and access to rehabilitation in terms of trying to reduce their drug dependency.”

However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, her Police Minister Troy Grant, and Federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, have ruled out pill testing.

BY MARIA HAWTHORNE

 


Published: 27 Sep 2018