Harm Reduction Victoria

BREAKING NEWS: Pill Testing Program Blocked

by Seer E.S. on 13/10/2017

Thursday 12th October 2017
On behalf of our STA-SAFE consortium partners, Harm Reduction Australia expresses its shock and extreme disappointment at the announcement that its pilot pill testing service will not proceed in Canberra next month as planned.
The STA-SAFE Consortium was advised yesterday (Wed 11th Oct) by the Spilt Milk promoter of some additional documentation on the pill testing service that was required for National Capital Authority approval of the festival as a whole.
The STA -SAFE Consortium were then advised today that despite being in the process
of the finalising all the documentation requested it was now too late for consideration
a mere 24 hours later.
We wish to be clear that we do not hold those involved in the organisation, delivery
or promotion of the Spilt Milk Festival responsible for the decision to +not permit
pill testing to occur.
The comments made by ACT Shadow Minister for Health, Vicki Dunne, that ‘the Spilt Milk Festival is on Commonwealth land and that the Commonwealth Government will ensure that pill testing will not occur’ are telling.
The STA-SAFE Consortium wishes to place on the record that the evidence,
the documentation, the volunteers, the funding, the equipment and the training
were all either in place or being put in place to pilot this significant public health initiative.
However, the consortium will not be deterred by this setback and will continue
to work to deliver evidence based harm reduction programs in the ACT.
In particular, the STA-SAFE Consortium would like to thank the ACT Government
for their continued support and commitment to working with us to pilot pill testing and we look forward to delivering on this promise in coming months.
The STA-SAFE consortium members are:
Australian Drug Observatory (Dr David Caldicott)
Noffs Foundation (Det. Supt. (ret.) Frank Hansen, Prof Toni Makkai & Matt Noffs)
Harm Reduction Victoria (Stephanie Tzanetis – DanceWize)
Students for Sensible Drug Policies (Penny Hill)
Harm Reduction Australia (Gino Vumbaca)

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