Why New South Wales will NOT be pill tested at music festivals – as Minister of Police warns drug users
NSW Police Minister Paul O’Toole said he would not bring pill testing to festivals Mr O’Toole said despite studies showing the drugs to be pure, they were not safe Unwanted chemicals were found in 15% of drugs tested in 2019-2020
By Brett Lackey For Daily Mail Australia
Posted: 3:37 p.m. EST, January 3, 2022 | Update: 3:56 p.m. EST, January 3, 2022
Pill testing will not become the norm at music festivals, the NSW government has said.
New Police Minister Paul O’Toole has warned that the tactic gives drug addicts “false confidence”.
âThe pill test sends the wrong message to people about using illegal substances – there is no safe way to take these drugs and we don’t want to create a false sense of confidence that there is,â said Mr. Toole at the Daily Telegraph. .
“Tragically, too many families live with the consequences of people who think there is.”
He said a recent study by NSW Health showed that MDMA seized at music festivals was generally very pure.
But he warned just because it wasn’t polluted with poisons, that didn’t mean the drug was safe and that there were “too many families living with the consequences” of those who took the drug. the bet.
Numerous sniffer dogs were spotted outside the main entrance to the Field Days summer music festival on Saturday afternoon as police said official pill tests would not be carried out
The pills tested were seized at music festivals between 2019 and 2020 and showed purity as low as 8% of the drug sold and as high as 88%.
Six teenagers lost their lives at music festivals across NSW between 2017 and 2019 due to illicit drugs.
Mr O’Toole’s comments come just days after police indicted 85 people with drug offenses at the Field Day music festival in Sydney.
Sniffer dogs have helped police detect and seize MDMA, ketamine, magic mushrooms, LSD, cocaine and marijuana.
A spectator is escorted by police outside the Field Day gates as the summer festival kicked off on Saturday (pictured)
Two people were arrested for supplying drugs, one of them allegedly carrying 50 ecstasy pills and the other for possession.
Almost 12,000 people attended the annual New Years festival at the Domain in the city center to watch electronic duo Peking Duk, DJ Anna Lunoe and Brisbane singer Mallrat, among others.
One of the drug supply counts involved a 22-year-old man who was allegedly found with 50 MDMA capsules.