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Toluna

  35 months ago

Does pill testing save lives?
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It's no secret that recreational drugs are commonly used at music festivals, and following the latest tragic death of a NSW teenager over the weekend, controversy regarding pill testing at festivals has reignited.

The purpose of pill testing is to expose what a tablet really contains, so that the user can decide whether or not to actually take the drug. In instances where the pill has been cut with dangerous substances, this process has effectively saved lives as well as reducing cases of hostpitalisation.

However some state governments in Australia are not in favour of pill testing, with the main reasoning being that it offers a false sense of security and that there is no evidence to show that it saves lives.

In New Zealand, pill testing is offered at festivals by the volunteer group KnowYourStuffNZ, which is independent but supported by the New Zealand Drug Foundation. It is also part of the national drug policy in many European countries.

Do you think pill testing saves lives, or does it encourage even more drug taking?
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mickjonesyanco

  34 months ago
tablets are masked and the full effect does not show with quick testing
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darc1234

  34 months ago
By testing the drugs, we give people the choice of whether or not to take pills. This does not however, save lives, as everybody's body reacts differently to drugs-- even if the drug is clean.
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newsamoaland

  34 months ago
No, pills have side effects.
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gluemaker.cm

  34 months ago
If we test then we condone the use of illegal substances.
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Blackmyst

  34 months ago
ABSOLUTELY yes
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Cieranicus

  34 months ago
Just as Placebo effect exist, the opposite effect has been known as Nacebo.Therefor, it is very hard to determine the outcome of such treatments because of how different each bodies reacts to chemicals.
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luvmosaic

  34 months ago
Yes
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S3142478g

  34 months ago
The issue of pill testing is highly complicated, it is not something that could be instituted simply by any stretch there are far reaching legal and even moral ramifications should testing go ahead and people die or suffer injury anyway.
Even the most sophisticated toxicological assay is not an almighty oracle. It will only return a positive result for substances that the operator is looking for. If, for example, pill tests are only calibrated to test for the five most common nasties, a pill will register as clean. Yet there may well be a sixth, rare but lethal nasty in there. In such a case if a person takes the so-called "clean" pill and dies who is liable?
Also will pill testing companies have the power to confiscate pills that they discover to be unsafe?
Indemnity for pill testing companies and rights to confiscate dodgy pills need to be thrashed out before pill testing can even be an option. Also users must pay. If they can afford these drugs they can afford the bloody tests!
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A3476893h

  34 months ago
It very well can save lives.
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infinity_ki

  34 months ago
Definitely does
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