Opinion

OPINION: Why we need pill testing at our festivals

KIDS take drugs at music festivals. Like it or not, it is the truth.

They just do. When you have 50,000 packed into a field with tooth-loosening bass lines warping the summer air, you can guarantee a collective mountain of pills, tabs and powders will be rattling around their pockets.

Festival season has already claimed two young lives in the past fortnight, with two more people still in hospital after drug overdoses.

Pill testing is not a magic bullet but it is an option that maybe, just maybe, could have prevented the Stereosonic deaths of 25-year-old Sylvia Choi and Stefan Woodward, 19.

The premise is simple. Festival organisers set up tents to measure the potency and chemical make-up of punters' drugs.

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If they discovered their presumed MDMA capsule was in fact equal parts ice and rat poison they could ditch it and get on with the day without turning into a convulsing wreck.

It would require an amnesty for drug possession at festivals and the removal of sniffer dogs checking line-ups at entry gates, which have been linked to people fearfully gorging down their entire stashes before even hearing a song.

The idea already has a tonne of support.

But it also has plenty of detractors. The "bad parenting, wouldn't happen to my kids" calls are for the most part just head-in-the-sand logic.

Go to one of these festivals and you just might be unpleasantly surprised just who is taking drugs.

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