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Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Mother Strangled By Scarf While Baking With Teenage Son

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Tuesday.

National

National

Inquest Recommends Scrapping Sniffer Dogs, Trialing Pill Testing

5 min read

The state government should trial pill testing at music festivals this summer, but also stop the use of drug detection dogs, the NSW coroner has recommended after an inquest into drug-related deaths.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Holocaust Survivor, 89, Under Police Guard Amid Death Threats

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday.

Politics

Politics

Federal MP Says Running 'No Pill Testing' Facebook Page 'Part Of His Job'

4 min read

Federal MP Andrew Laming says running a controversial Facebook page is part of his job and that he would have ‘no hesitation’ asking his staff to help manage it.

Mick Palmer

Mick Palmer

Weaker Alternatives To Pill Testing Will Not Curb Festival Deaths

4 min read

The past few months have again shone the spotlight on the campaign for pill testing in Australia.

Health

Health

Federal Government Again Rejects Pill Testing Despite Expert Advice

4 min read

Pill testing is "dangerous and unfounded", the health minister has claimed, in slapping down the harm minimisation strategy despite a growing group of experts in support of the move.

News

News

Drug Death Parent Says Teens Need To Be 'Saved From Themselves'

4 min read

The mother of a young man who died of a drug overdose at a music festival says measures must be put in place to help young people "save" themselves from harm.

News

News

Defqon Festival Cancelled 'Indefinitely' After Venue Pulls Support

2 min read

Controversial music festival Defqon has cancelled its 2019 event and is uncertain "if and when" the event will ever return.

National

National

Two More Festival Deaths Show Inquest Is Needed 'ASAP': Coroner

2 min read

The NSW Deputy Coroner says another two suspected drug overdoses in Queensland over the weekend underline the importance of investigating deaths at music festivals.

National

National

The Push To Legalise MDMA In Australia

3 min read

Ahead of the federal election this May, one party is calling for party drug MDMA to be regulated and legalised.

Views

Views

Why Police Are Vital To The Success Of Pill Testing

3 min read

I am not only disappointed but also quietly infuriated by Premier Berejiklian's announcement of a pilot of an increased law and order response as her answer to the festival drug problem.

Matt Noffs

Matt Noffs

After A Deadly Summer Of Music Festivals, There's Only One Thing To Do

3 min read

The summer of 2018-19 has been one of our most lethal.

Crime

Crime

Should Drug Dealers Be Charged With Murder?

4 min read

When someone dies from taking an illicit drug, there's often a rush to name someone responsible and find a way to prevent it from happening again.

National

National

Australia's Biggest SoberMusic Festival Wants You To Cop A 'Natural High'

3 min read

Following a spate of drug-related deaths at NSW music festivals and a subsequent firestorm of debate about government policy, one event is trying to redefine the party scene from the inside out.

Crime

Crime

'It’s Coloured Pills That Kill': Accused Drug Dealer Wants Pill Testing

2 min read

A man accused of dealing drugs at music festivals has sensationally blamed the government for lethal pills.

Updated

Updated

Every Music Festival Where A Death Occurred This Summer Has Been Deemed 'High Risk'

4 min read

Every single music festival where a young person died of a suspected drug overdose this past summer has been deemed 'high risk' by the NSW government.

Politics

Politics

'Potential To Save Lives': ACT Approves Pill Testing Trial At Music Festival

2 min read

A pill testing trial has been approved at Canberra's Groovin The Moo music festival, with the ACT government saying it had a "responsibility" to explore the measure.

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

As Festival Deaths Climb, How Do I Talk To My Teenagers About Drugs?

6 min read

I have no idea how to be a parent.

National

National

Selling MDMA In Shops Could Be A Smart Move, Drug Experts Say

3 min read

Young people are dying after taking party drugs -- so could the solution be to sell them in pharmacies instead?

National

National

'I Can't Imagine What You Go Through': Emotional Scenes As Pill Testing Petition Delivered

4 min read

A petition with 100,000 signatures calling for pill testing to be introduced was delivered to NSW parliament house on Friday morning, as authorities prepared for a long weekend of music festivals.

National

National

Meet The Machine That Gives The DNA Of A Pill Right Down To The Type Of Paint

5 min read

In a crowded room in Sydney, pill testing advocates unveiled the machine used to analyse drugs, and explained patiently how their process would work to stop overdoses and save lives.

National

National

Premier Says Free Water And 'Chill-Out Zones', Not Pill Testing, Will Keep Festivals Safe

4 min read

Pill testing is not the answer, and instead festivals should give out more free water to help drug-affected people, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian claimed.

National

National

Grieving Family Request Meeting With Premier To Discuss Pill Testing

2 min read

The grieving family of Alex Ross-King has requested a meeting with Gladys Berejklian to discuss pill testing and other harm reduction measures.

Crime

Crime

Coroner's Inquest To Investigate Music Festival Drug Deaths

2 min read

The NSW coroner will hold an inquest into a spate of drug-related deaths at music festivals this summer, as calls grow for the government to approve a pill testing trial.

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

You're Not Protecting Young Lives If You Look The Other Way On Pill Testing

4 min read

We have now lost five young people in less than five months.

National

National

'More Dangerous Drugs Than Ever': Why Are So Many Young Australians Dying?

5 min read

Decades of failure in public policy and a drug market "more dangerous than ever" have contributed to a "perfect storm" of festival summer deaths, experts say.

Exclusive

Exclusive

Devastated Family Of Teen Who Died After FOMO Festival Begs Premier For Pill Testing

5 min read

"Premier, please. Can we have this pill testing done?"

Jarryd Bartle

Jarryd Bartle

We Can Lecture Kids About Bad Decisions, But Only If We Keep Them Alive

4 min read

Why do young people take drugs, despite the risk to their health?

Views

Views

Former Police Commissioner: We Need Pill Testing Not More Arrests

3 min read

The latest in a series of tragic festival deaths, this time in Victoria, is yet another nail in the coffin of the failed “Just Say No” strategy on drug use.

National

National

Here Are Just Some Of The Experts Who Back Pill Testing

4 min read

While still stubbornly opposing pill testing at festivals, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian appears to have extended the invitation to experts to prove her wrong.

National

National

'This Doesn't Need To Be The Summer Of Festival Deaths': Pleas For Drug Reform

4 min read

A family is mourning the death of their 22-year-old son from a suspected drug overdose at a music festival, as debate returns to pill testing.

David Caldicott

David Caldicott

Opposing Pill Testing Is The ‘Climate Change Denial’ Of Drugs Policy

5 min read

Another death at a NSW Festival, and again, talk turns to pill testing.

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

There's Only One Rational Response To The Death At Knockout Games Of Destiny

3 min read

Less than three months after two young people died at Defqon.1 festival, we’ve seen another terrible event.

News

News

Tough New Laws For Drug Dealers Responsible For Music Festival Deaths

3 min read

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said a new offence of drug supply causing death will be created, following "expert" panel recommendations.

National

National

The Facts: How Pill Testing Would Work In Australia

6 min read

Two more young people are dead, but governments are still viciously resisting calls for pill testing.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Flooding Fears In North Carolina, Renewed Pill Testing Calls

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday morning.

Views

Views

Why Pill Testing Was The Best Medicine For Australia

4 min read

It’s about reducing harm that comes to our kids.