Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi says pill-testing at music festivals is not the way to deal with the drug problem, after the ACT held Australia’s first legal pill testing trial over the weekend, discovering two deadly batches and potentially saving two lives in the process.
News Limited reports, the testing was done at Canberra’s Groovin The Moo festival and was sanctioned by the ACT government and Territory Police.
Thousands attended the festival at the University of Canberra campus, 128 of which elected to have their drugs tested.
The testing team, which included a handful of chemists and emergency doctor David Caldicott, ended up testing 85 drug samples which uncovering a bunch of concerning chemicals.
The testers said, “People were surprised with the kind of stuff that we found in the drugs. We had everything from paint to toothpaste. We also found NutraSweet, which is an artificial sweetener, arnica muscle rub and milk powder”.
Senator Bernardi has told ABC Radio Adelaide that pill-testing is completely the wrong way to go about educating young Australians about drugs.
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