Pill test­ing

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

■ FALLS Fes­ti­val pun­ters have over­whelm­ingly backed a grow­ing push for pill test­ing at mu­sic fes­ti­vals fol­low­ing a wave of deadly over­doses. Rev­ellers at Falls Fes­ti­val said pill test­ing was ur­gently needed to save lives af­ter five fa­tal over­doses at fes­ti­vals in NSW and Vic­to­ria. “We need it 100 per cent to save lives,” said Tweed Coast wo­man Al­yse Roberts, 23, who was at Falls with mates Laura El­liott, Ke­neeka Gorter and Bella Staracek. “Pills might be il­le­gal but it isn’t go­ing to stop peo­ple from do­ing them.” The State Govern­ment has pre­vi­ously ruled out pill test­ing for fes­ti­vals, de­spite a suc­cess­ful trial at a fes­ti­val in Can­berra. How­ever Pre­mier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian has since soft­ened her stance, claim­ing on Thurs­day she would con­sider pill test­ing in NSW if she was pro­vided with ev­i­dence that it would save lives.

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