Sydney drug testing a festival focus


It’s certainly not just in our workplaces or on our roads where the use of drugs is a concern, with music festivals regularly under the spotlight. Now it seems that drug testing at music festivals around Australia may become commonplace, although drug testing at Sydney and NSW events are still in doubt.

This follows campaigning for the introduction of drug testing at music festivals. In recent years, the combination of music festivals, alcohol and drugs have led to tragic results, with several people losing their lives.

Drug expert Dr David Caldicott is one of these campaigning for the introduction of drug testing. He was quoted in The Huffington Post as saying, “Instead of just cataloguing the deaths, we should be doing something to stop them dying.”

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, while police and politicians want the drug testing at music festivals and are pushing forwards with a trial, drug testing in Sydney and NSW festivals is unlikely at this stage, due to potential legal issues. But Dr Caldicott and Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation president Alex Wodak are planning on pushing ahead with the drug testing at Sydney music festivals next summer, with or without permission.

In The Huffington Post article, Dr Caldicott said, “It’s very straight forward. We want to run a trial at a place where everyone is using drugs anyway. “It’s time for our politicians and elected representatives to catch up with what the majority of parents want for their children, which is for them to return home safe.”

While there is a mix of drugs found at music festivals, the main drug of concern is ecstasy, the so-called party drug. Research has found that ecstasy in Australia is perhaps more dangerous than anywhere else in the world, with many ecstasy tablets containing unknown ingredients and high levels of a toxic substance known to cause severe symptoms.

To find out more about ecstasy and what ecstasy does to the body and mind, see The agony and the ecstasy post on our website.

Drug testing at Sydney music festivals and music festivals around Australia may soon be commonplace.

By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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