A pioneering pill-testing trial at an Australian music festival will no longer go ahead after organisers pulled out at the 11th hour.
In September the Australian Capital Territory government approved a pill-testing trial at the Spilt Milk festival, to be held on 25 November in Canberra.
It was the first time the process – which proponents of harm minimisation have long called for – had been allowed to operate at an Australian event, and was approved after months of negotiations with the Safety Testing Advisory Service at Festivals and Events, or STA-Safe, a consortium of pill-testing advocates.
At the time advocates described it as a win for public health.
But on Thursday Ryan Phillips, a director of Kicks Entertainment, the festival organisers, told ABC radio’s Hack program the trial would no longer go ahead because, he said, STA-Safe had not provided the relevant “documentation” for the festival.
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Straight from The Guardian
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