Pill test­ing not sup­ported

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

The tragic death of a young man who at­tended Be­yond the Val­ley at Lard­ner Park over the new year led to calls for the in­tro­duc­tion of pill test­ing at mu­sic fes­ti­vals.

But, Baw Baw po­lice ser­vices in­spec­tor Ali­son Crom­bie last week re­in­forced Vic­to­ria Po­lice’s op­po­si­tion to pill test­ing and said po­lice would not sup­port it at fu­ture events at Lard­ner Park.

Insp Crom­bie sent a strong mes­sage to fes­ti­val go­ers be­fore the fes­ti­val, urg­ing pa­trons not to take any form of drug – “it’s not worth risk­ing your life.”

“We con­tinue to run these op­er­a­tions at fes­ti­vals year in and year out, but un­for­tu­nately for some, the mes­sage just isn’t get­ting through,” she said.

Insp Crom­bie said Vic­to­ria Po­lice Deputy Com­mis­sioner Shane Pat­ton had taken a strong stand on pill test­ing.

“Vic Pol is op­posed to drug test­ing at fes­ti­vals. It’s a mat­ter for the gov­ern­ment ul­ti­mately.

“We don’t know what are in pills when peo­ple take them. We don’t know how a sin­gle per­son will re­act to a pill, even if it’s been found ‘so called’ safe. We don’t know how that will metabolise in that per­son’s sys­tem, what other fac­tors are in play, how they will re­late to it, and also we know that most over­doses oc­cur through poly drug tak­ing – those who are us­ing mul­ti­ple drugs.

“So sim­ply say­ing one drug’s safe while they’re us­ing other drugs at the same time, it sim­ply doesn’t work out. We’ve seen over­seas as well peo­ple who are say­ing these drugs are safe, then we have drug traf­fick­ers pur­port­ing their drugs as safe – there is no drug that is safe.

There is no safe drug at all. We’re op­posed to it,” Dep Cmr Pat­ton said.

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