No to pill testing: Bernardi

December 12, 2018

Drug-use advocates are urging the New South Wales government to adopt pill testing services at music festivals after a man died at a Sydney dance party over the weekend. 

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says while he can understand the intention of a pill testing service as one of harm minimisation, he still doesn't think it's a good idea.

Authorities are urging young people to refrain from taking drugs after the 19-year-old man died from a suspected overdose after attending the 'Knockout Games of Destiny Dance Party' in Homebush.

Two women and a man remain in critical condition after being taken to Westmead Hospital while five people have been charged with drug supply offences.

Harm Reduction Australia claims the tragedy shows the need for a national pill testing service to be rolled out saying research overseas has shown giving partygoers information about the drug they are planning to take can ‘save lives.’

But Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News, he's not comfortable with the kind of message pill testing sends to young people.

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