Two perspectives on pill testing
Recent deaths and hospitalisations of young people due to illicit drug use at festivals has prompted debate about the introduction of pill testing in Australia.
Opponents argue that it will encourage illegal drug use, and that it does not guarantee the safety of the product.
UTS public health and forensic science experts weigh in on the topic.
“Testing helps ensure that pills with dangerous fillers are identified, and young people have increased knowledge of safer drug use and the consequences of drug use,” he says.
“The main value of pill testing is to not only inform users about the substance’s content but to also obtain a strategic overview of the substances that are being consumed at festivals,” they say.
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