Pill testing at Spilt Milk scrapped

Pill testing at Spilt Milk scrapped

By Erin Archer

The blame game has started about who is at fault, after it was revealed there will not be pill testing at the music festival Spilt Milk after all.

The pill testing trial would have seen those attending Spilt Milk, able to take samples of their drugs to medics based within festival grounds, and check if they contain any risky chemicals.

But organisers of the festival made an announcement on Thursday, that the controversial trial to test samples of illicit drugs had been dumped, because the appropriate documentation had not been provided.

The National Capital Authority, which controls the land where the festival will take place, requested a meeting with the organisers and demanded the extra documentation.

The organisers are blaming StaySafe, the consortium that were going to run the pill testing, for not being able to come up with the extra documentation.

However StaySafe said they did the proper risk assessment, listened to all the legal advice, and weren’t contacted about the extra documentation at all.

The ACT Government did sign the approval for the trial, and still say they are keen to provide any extra information if they need to.

Stay Safe has suggested there is political pressure, which has been backed up by ANU’s Dr David Caldicott, who spoke to the ABC.

The NCA has denied that there has been any political pressure placed on the organisation.

 

 

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