QLD – State first success

Managed by Pill Testing Australia, the event-based service at the festival drew in 257 festival-goers over the course of four days, offering crucial information about the substances they intended to consume. Pill Testing Australia medical lead David Caldicott hailed the festival a success and estimated drug samples from close to 10 percent of festival goers were tested by the service. “That’s one of the best performances from our group that we’ve been able to do,” Dr Caldicott said

Media Release – first drug checking at a multi-day festival: Pill Testing Australia at Rabbits Eat Lettuce QLD

“The success of QLD’s first pill testing service at the multi-day festival Rabbits Eat Lettuce (REL) would not have been possible without the leadership team”, comprising of Professor Malcolm McLeod (Chemistry Lead), Dr David Caldicott (Medical Lead) and Dr Penny Hill (Data Officer), said PTA’s Executive Officer Steph Tzanetis, who was the onsite Service Manager. This marks the fourth music festival where the PTA leadership team have delivered festival based pill testing services since the first trial in the ACT in 2018.

PTA & HRA Media Release 3 April 2024

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CanTEST Coordinator Steph Tzanetis told ABC Radio Canberra this particular drug had been purchased from “the clear net, not the dark web”. She said taking the potent drug, methamphetamine, could have resulted in the person experiencing a stimulant overdose.  “So the signs and symptoms relating to a stimulant overdose can include things like overheating, a person could experience confusion, agitation,” Ms Tzanetis said.

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