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Sniffer dog days

BY MICHAEL HITCH It’s not just you; it seems that everyone’s got a bone to pick with sniffer dogs. New research has proven that deploying drug detection dogs at festivals and public places encourages dangerous drug consumption. The study, conducted by RMIT University, not only found that sniffer dog presence increases unsafe drug practices, but […]

Second pill-testing trial

BY MICHAEL HITCH Canberra paves the way once again after rolling out the second successful pill-testing medical service pilot at the Groovin The Moo music festival. The pill-testing trial, designed to reduce harm by “providing health advice to young people,” was organised and conducted on Sunday 28 April by Pill Testing Australia (PTA), Take Control […]

Testing times for Labor

By Laura Neill The urgency surrounding pill-testing rang loud and clear during a clinical demonstration on Tuesday, when NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord was challenged over the Labor Government’s drug policy by Tony Trimingham, whose son Damien died of a heroin overdose in 1997. “I’m speaking for families who are worried about their kids […]

Pill-testing on political agenda

By Laura Neill Pill-testing may be forced onto the NSW government’s election agenda after yet another drug-related death at a Victorian festival on New Year’s Day. In the last days of 2018, a 20-year-old Victorian man was flown to hospital in a critical condition after ingesting an unknown substance at Beyond the Valley music festival […]