Fighting the good fight.
Longtime vocal supporters of introducing pill testing at music festivals, Party In The Paddock are taking the next step and submitting a petition to parliament calling for pill testing trials in Tasmania.
The petition is now accepting signatures and will be available to sign until May 14, 2020 before it is tabled by the Tasmanian Greens. Spurred by the tragic overdoses which have plagued Australian music festivals over the years, PITP hope to create a safer environment for patrons.
“We do not condone the use of illegal substances at PITP,” said festival organiser Jesse Higgs. “But we cannot be ignorant to the fact that young people all around Australia are using them within our communities. Pill testing is not a silver bullet, but it’s a proven and positive way to help prevent this kind of tragedy. The more education that we can bring to this health issue at our festival, the better.”
Pill testing has already proved to be a positive step, with government-supported trials at Groovin’ the Moo in ACT demonstrating a reduction in both drug use and harm. Deputy NSW Coroner Harriet Grahame also revealed findings last week that clearly stated pill testing is more effective than sniffer dogs at music festivals and called for the decriminalisation of personal drug use.
With festival season fast approaching, it is time to take action.
Sign the petition here.