Why medicos are backing pill testing at music festivals

'We believe that, like the availability of clean needles and condoms, this program will do more good than harm'

For many years, experts in the field of drug policy in Australia have known existing policies are failing.

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Crude messages (calls for total abstinence: “just say no to drugs”) and even cruder enforcement strategies (harsher penalties, criminalisation of drug users) have had no impact on the use of drugs or the extent of their harmful effects on the community.

Whether we like it or not, drug use is common in our society, especially among young people.