With several music festivals across the state this long weekend, Greens MP and spokesperson for drug law reform Cate Faehrmann has called for a harm minimisation approach for drug use, including pill-testing, to ensure the safety of attendees.
“As the music festival season kicks off this long weekend it’s more important than ever that the government pulls its head out of the sand and adopts a harm minimisation approach to drug use,” Ms Faehrmann said.
“This week at a pill-testing summit* in the NSW Parliament I spoke with experts from the UK about the success they have had with pill testing, including being able to alert festival goers to avoid particular drugs that may be in circulation. This is what saving lives looks like.
“Drug checking services can provide a safe space for people to actively participate in reducing the harms associated with some drug use as well as connecting people to health professionals to discuss the impacts of the drugs they may be taking.
“As the festival season kicks off this long weekend, I want to know that we are doing everything we can to keep people safe and save lives,” Ms Faehrmann said.
*Cate Faehrmann, along with Greens MP David Shoebridge and Independent MP Alex Greenwich, co-hosted a summit yesterday with dozens of health experts, drug researchers and representatives from the music industry to discuss ways to reduce harm at festivals.
Cate Faehrmann is available for interview
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