The pill-testing trial at a music festival in the Australian Capital Territory was an “overwhelming success” and the federal government should help roll out a scheme nationwide, the organisers have said. In a report on the trial at the Groovin’ the Moo festival in April, released on Wednesday, the Sta-safe consortium said the government should support a “mixed-model” with pill-testing offered permanently at drug, alcohol and syringe services – not just at festivals and special events. Although at least one federal minister has already scotched suggestions of a national scheme, the ACT’s justice and mental health minister, Shane Rattenbury, agreed the trial was a “success on the day” and offered support to other events and jurisdictions to follow suit. In the trial on 29 April, 129 people attended pill-testing near the health tent and 83 samples of drugs were tested. Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon The report said the pill-testing trial was achieved “without any major or minor incident”, and 42% of those involved said their drug consumption behaviour would change. A slim majority of participants intended to use their drugs as planned after pill-testing (58%), but many said they would not… Read full this story
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