REPORT ON THE ACT GTM PILL TESTING PILOT
Australia’s first pill testing trial, Noffs’ involvement and the research lead by Emeritus Prof. Toni Makkai AMAll Research and Trends
The purpose of the pilot was to test a number of aspects of a pill testing service at a popular Australian music festival.
The most critical question was whether it was possible to actually deliver an on-site “front-of-house” chemical testing service at a festival in Australia. There is no question that this was achieved without any major or minor incident.
Pill testing as a harm reduction service at the ACT GTM can be described as an overwhelming success.
The development of a uniquely Australian pill testing service model that involves peers, health professionals and law enforcement officials working together to reduce harm amongst drug users needs to be prioritised and supported by all Australian governments.
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