The Tasmanian government has again ruled out allowing pill testing, despite expert calls for it to be introduced following organisers at a music festival over the weekend warning patrons in the wake of a fatality at the event. Read the ABC report.
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The potentially lethal drug – called metonitazine – was detected in unmarked yellow pills that were sold as oxycodone. The substance has linked to fatal drug overdoses in New Zealand and the United States. Read the SBS article.
Queensland will become the second Australian jurisdiction to offer pill testing. While the timeline is yet to be announced, once up and running, Queenslanders who use illicit drugs can have them checked to see what they actually contain before taking them. Read The Conversation article.
ACT extends confidential pill-testing service CanTEST as evaluation shows most users discard tainted drugs
Canberra’s confidential pill-testing service, which allows people to check what substances are in the illicit drugs they buy, has been extended. Read the ABC article.