Could this be the start of something? After years of negotiations and campaigning, the ACT state government has approved a pill testing programme for use at the Australian festival, Spilt Milk.
“The ACT Government has carefully assessed the proposal from STA-Safe [Safe Testing Advisory Service At Festivals] and will allow pill testing at Spilt Milk,” ACT’s Minister for health and well-being has said. The service, provided by Harm Reduction Australia, will be anonymous, free, and safe from police intervention.
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Participants will first answer a short survey about what particular drugs they are taking, then supply a small scraping of the substance to be tested. The composition of the drug will be analysed, and after 10 or 15 minutes, the participant will know exactly what substance they are ingesting.
“It will give quite a detailed analysis of the content of that drug and the levels of the different chemicals in that drug,” President of HRA Gino Vumbaca told Hack. “From there, we’ll have people there who will be able to provide feedback about what those particular chemicals are and what may be expected as a result.”
Though the programme is approved only for Spilt Milk at this point, the prospect is hopeful for a follow-on effect across the summer festival season.
What is Spilt Milk Festival
“To step outside life’s small things, Spilt Milk is bringing together some of Australia’s best things.
We’ve sweated the small stuff so you don’t have to. We will be bringing the best in artisan street food and drink, cutting edge music and experimental art and culture to Canberra.
Presented by Kicks Entertainment, Spilt Milk is a summer’s day event, taking place within the tree lined landscape of the iconic Commonwealth Park.”