Groovin The Moo has just been given the go ahead to host the second ever pill testing trial in Australia in 2019; a huge move forward for the ACT government. On April 28th, the Canberra leg of the festival will finally have another testing trial.
The trial comes a year after the first trial also at GTM, which was a huge success giving festival goers great insight into what they were considering taking. Results showed some pretty scary results and saved a bunch of lives from taking some dangerous substances.
ACT Minister and now government legend, Andrew Barr, announced the green light for the trial last night. (Suck it, Gladys.)
“Governments have a responsibility to not only try and prevent drug use but also to support initiatives that reduce the harms associated with drug use,” he expressed in a statement.
Pill testing does not make taking illicit drugs safe and our message to the community will always be, don’t take drugs.
However, pill testing provides a health intervention at the point when someone is making the decision to take a pill.https://t.co/nZ5yGdytyS
— Andrew Barr MLA (@ABarrMLA) February 18, 2019
85 substances were tested at last year’s GTM, where two potentially deadly, fatal substances were found contained in the pills. This move by Barr is another HUGE step ahead in the introduction of pill testing to Australian festivals.
We hope Gladys gets the message about the positive impact pill testing has on festival-goers.
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