The Guardian festival blog: First ever pill-testing trial at Australian music festival | Society


Pill testing will be trialled for the first time at an Australian music festival, in a move that advocates say will reduce drug-related harm.

Revellers at Canberra’s Groovin the Moo festival will be able to have their illegal drugs tested for harmful chemicals by STA-SAFE, an independent consortium of health groups, without the threat of legal prosecution.

The multi-day festival, which began on Friday in Wayville in South Australia, will arrive in Canberra on Sunday, where the pill testing will be made available for one day.

The proposal has been previously been approved by the University of Canberra, on whose grounds the festival will be held, the territory’s health minister and police.

Participants will provide a scraping or small sample of their pill or powder to volunteers, who then analyse it in a mobile laboratory. Staff provide attendees with the results of the test, as well as the risks and side effects of…



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