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‘For three months I lived and breathed pill-testing research’

Over the summer of 2018-2019 five young Australians died at music festivals.

I am a toxicologist and like all toxicologists I’m interested in ways to minimise harm.

  • Jody Morgan
  • The Sydney Moerning Herald

As the death toll rose, I began to ask the question: what could be done to prevent other young Australians suffering the same fate?

The obvious answer is to get young people to stop taking illicit drugs. Easy. Problem solved.

Except these drugs are already illegal, we have a zero-tolerance policy in place, police checks and sniffer dogs at festivals, and young Australians are still taking illicit drugs.

The current method isn’t working.

We need to find new ways to…

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