We’re all familiar with Ms Berejiklian’s iron fisted approach to young people and drug use. It’s nonsensical, it’s not a productive way of preventing drug related deaths and it all round sucks.
CORONER: AS AN EXPERT I RECOMMEND YOU INTRODUCE PILL TESTING BECAUSE IT WILL SAVE LIVES
BEREJIKLIAN: NO. IT WILL JUST LEAD TO PEOPLE TAKING DRUGS. WHY CAN’T PEOPLE JUST APPRECIATE THE BEEP-BEEP MUSIC AND HAVE INTERESTING CONVERSATIONS? ANYWAY, NO #auspol#nswpol pic.twitter.com/YhOAjJrnbd
— 🥁 Alan Bolt-Devine (@POTRM) October 15, 2019
@GladysB to young people – “The only safe way to take drugs is to not take them” is the equivalent of her telling me not to eat the triple Brie in my fridge. It may as well be crack because I’m still going to devour it. #pilltesting #auspol @BreakfastNews pic.twitter.com/xdhXYkwkn5
— hi im jess (@jessal_21) October 15, 2019
Thankfully there are other pollies who actually listen to medical experts and make decisions based on fact. Our favourite progressive peeps from the Capital have set their sights on pill testing getting a permanent home. Remember these guys legalised recreational marijuana use last month. Canberra is so woke, NSW honestly has got some catching up to do.
The man leading the ACT Greens first suggested a trial for a ‘static’ pill testing site almost two years ago. In that time, the territory has had mad success with pill test pop ups at Groovin. Shane Rattenbury is still leading the charge for effective drug prevention measures, and the reported recommendations from the NSW Coroner just confirm he’s on the right track.
It makes total sense to have a permanent place to test ya gear. As much as the NSW Government would like to keep pretending, music festivals are far from the only place that young’uns (or people in generally) get on it.
The worst part about Gladys arcing up with her misguided drug prevention views again, are her threats to bring back those insane music festival regulations we only just got rid of. Remember the ones that labelled fests ‘high risk’ with zero organiser consultation and charged huge last minute fees? The level of exasperation I have with this government, honestly.
The recommendations from the NSW Coroner investigation into several young drug-related deaths are still yet to be formally handed down. Let’s just hope the Libs actually listen to her instead of acting rashly. I’m not holding my breath.