COMMUNITY PILL TESTING
Let’s get real about pills. The war on drugs has failed and, every year, young Australians lose their lives after taking dangerous pills. The reality is that people will always choose to use drugs – in fact, almost half of all adults have used pills or party drugs.
The “tough on drugs” approach of Labor and Liberal governments causes enormous harm and wastes huge amounts of emergency services resource.
Unlike the major parties, we see drug use as a health issue, not a criminal issue and believe that pill testing saves lives. We’ve seen this overseas, and even at trials here in Australia, where the evidence shows that when people get better information about the potentially harmful ingredients in a pill, they’re far more likely to bin it.
Under our plan, pill testing sites will be established all over the country where people can have their drugs tested for free, better understand the contents of their pills and even have one-on-one consultation with trained counsellors. An early warning system will complement testing sites, so that as many people as possible are alerted to potentially dangerous pills.
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Expert endorsement for Just Legalise It
“This is a fantastic proposal by the Australian Greens for an initiative that is well needed in Australia. Pill testing services that are open to all people who use drugs will empower people to make better informed choices in terms of decisions around their drug use and reduce drug-related harm in their communities.”
Co-founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Australia
“The Pill Testing announcement by the Australia Greens is strongly supported by Harm Reduction Australia. At a time when some governments seem intent on trying to take Australian drug policy back to the dark ages, it is vital that political leaders promote and support drug policies that are informed by the evidence and designed to reduce the harm to individuals, families and communities. Resourcing proven programs like pill testing and early warning systems will quite simply save lives. Our hope is that all political parties will now also support a public health approach to drug use instead of ever-failing rhetoric.”
President, Harm Reduction Australia