Attendees of this year’s Spilt Milk festival may be the first to try a free pill testing, courtesy of Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government.
As per an ABC report, this event will be a historic first after months of discussions on both side. The move encourages drug safety among the youth, as Spilt Milk attendees will now be allowed to test the party-based entertainment drugs they will bring before they proceed to the festival proper without the fear of being arrested.
ACT Minister of Wealth and Wellbeing Meegan Fitzharris explained that this move will allow attendees to be aware of the risk of certain drugs before they take them in the party.
“Pill testing means young people who are considering taking drugs can be informed about what’s really in the their pills and how potent they are,” Fitzharris explained.
According to Music Feeds, the process will have the STA-SAFE staff take a sample from the drugs to be brought to the event. These samples will be taken for testing, which will only take around 10-15 minutes. The professionals will then be able to elaborate on the certain risks and effects on the drug that will be brought to the event.
Punters are also allowed to dispose of any drugs they think will be risky, thanks to amnesty bins in the area.
The process will be anonymous, to be done by people from the Safety Testing & Advisory Service at Festivals & Events (STA-SAFE). The ACT Government move was praised by one of the STA-SAFE member groups, Harm Reduction Australia.
Harm Reduction Australia President Gino Vumbaca said the move is progressive, and is an indication that the ACT Government is becoming more open for safe drug use.
This is after all months after the same ACT Government did not allow the implementation of the same procedures at the Groovin The Moo festival in early 2017. However, whether or not this will be a move to be extended to other festivals in Australia is a topic still open for discussion.
Meanwhile, interested attendees can go to the Canberra Spilt Milk festival on November 25. Performances to be expected in the festival include King Gizzard, Lorde, Alison Wonderland, and The Lizard Wizard.