Good news for the Aus music industry!
Australia’s second ever pill testing pilot trial has been hailed as an “overwhelming success” after seven people dumped pills containing potentially deadly substances at Canberra’s Groovin The Moo festival last weekend.
The results from the trial conducted by Pill Testing Australia were released this week and proved (once again) that pill testing can save lives.
According to Pill Testing Australia, 234 people participated in the trial and 171 individual samples were tested. Of those, seven samples tested positive for the potentially deadly substance n-ethylpentylone, and were discarded in the study’s amnesty bin. The most common substance found was MDMA. Also detected was ketamine, cocaine and methamphetamine.
The number of substances tested this year has doubled since last year when 85 pills were tested at the first rollout of the trial, however, this is the last time the PTA trial will be provided free to festivalgoers.
The successful trial follows the success of a similar trial at last year’s Groovin The Moo, where two samples were discarded after potentially deadly substances were discovered in them. PTA is now seeking funding from the ACT Government, saying the testing program has benefited the community.
Is this the start of something that will potentially save the lives of music lovers? We’ll have to wait and see.