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Katherine Gregory

Pill testing at music festivals needed after rave overdose, doctors say



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After another drug-related death was reported at a music festival in Queensland, Australian physicians call more actively for pill testing at live music events despite politicians' resistance. Doctors are trying to shift perceptions that such a method would encourage more use of illicit substances rather than save lives.

This article originally appeared on ABC News

PHOTO: One person died and two others were hospitalised after the rave at Mount Lindesay. (ABC News)

Drug experts have renewed calls for pill-testing facilities at music festivals after the death of a man from an unknown substance at a New Year's Eve rave in southern Queensland.

Drug experts have renewed calls for pill-testing facilities at music festivals after the death of a man from an unknown substance at a New Year's Eve rave in southern Queensland.

Australian politicians remain averse to the move, saying it would encourage people to take illegal drugs.

However, emergency physician doctor David Caldicot said pill testing at music festivals in parts of Europe had seen fewer people use and mix drugs.

"And as a consequence, reduce the change of people overdosing," he said.

"The tragedy of this is the inevitability of it and we're not doing everything we can to stop it."

The pill testing would be the same technology as that used by customs...


... Read the full article by Katherine Gregory at abc.net.au/news/2017-01-03/drug-testing...





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