Australian drug experts plan pill testing at festivals

March 2016

Live events sector



The Australian drug expert who pioneered the nation’s first legal injecting centre has vowed to break the law in New South Wales and roll out pill testing at Sydney’s forthcoming music festivals. The president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, Dr Alex Wodak, has joined forces with emergency medical specialist David Caldicott and they have announced that a privately funded drug testing “trial” will commence with or without the blessing of a NSW government.


The NSW government has repeatedly blocked the proposal in favour of a hard line, law enforcement strategy but Fairfax Media revealed that the NSW government has sought a secret briefing on how such a concept might occur, receiving a detailed,18-page research dossier
“We are going to do this,” said Dr Wodak. “Doctors, analysts who know how to operate the [testing] machines and peer interviewers who can translate the scientific results and explain to people why the drug they bought is talcum powder or highly toxic. The idea is to save lives. I am prepared to break the law to save young people’s lives.” Dr Caldicott said: “It’s very straight forward. We want to run a trial at a place where everyone is using drugs anyway. “It’s time for our politicians and elected representatives to catch up with what the majority of parents want for their children, which is for them to return home safe.”

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