Toughen drug laws
The numbers alone are shocking. Two young people died after taking drugs at Penrith’s Defqon.1 music festival on Saturday, while two others as this is written remain in critical condition. More than a dozen attendees arrived at Nepean Hospital in need of treatment for drug use. Some 700 sought medical help as the festival continued.
These statistics could be from a bombing yet they emerge from a seemingly harmless musical event, where 10 people were subsequently charged with drug supply offences. Two teenage girls are among those charged after allegedly smuggling 120 capsules into the venue. There is no point trying to imagine the grief of families who lost their children in this nightmare, but there certainly is a point in urging far more punitive laws against those who traffic drugs. Such people are killers and jail terms should reflect this.