For nicely over a yr, Australia has been entangled in a nationwide debate concerning the legality and practicality of utilizing on-site capsule testing at music festivals as a way to stop drug-related deaths.

A rally has lately been organized in Sydney by the political occasion Keep Sydney Open and anti-lockout legislation advocates resembling by Reclaim The Streets, Sniff Off and Unharm to protest the federal government's resolution to stop capsule testing trials from going down at music occasions.

In early December of 2018, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said outright that her authorities refuses to alter its stance on contemplating capsule testing a ble possibility to avoid wasting lives. "We know that capsule testing will not work as a result of it'll give individuals the inexperienced mild to taking substances which in the long run might nonetheless kill them," she mentioned throughout an interview with Nine Network. Berejiklian issued the assertion after a 19-year-old man misplaced his life and three others had been taken to the hospital in vital situation from suspected drug overdoses on the music pageant Knockout 2018 Games of Destiny in Sydney, Australia.

Despite taking a hardline stance on the difficulty early final month, Berejiklian has lately softened her tone after two extra pageant fatalities had been attributable to suspected drug overdoses over the New Year's interval round Sydney. Berekiklian mentioned her authorities would "contemplate" capsule testing if ample proof was introduced forth that proves it will probably save lives.

"If there was a approach through which we might make sure that lives had been saved via capsule testing we might contemplate it... there isn't a proof offered to the federal government on that," she informed the media. Berejiklian went on to assert that she nonetheless believes "capsule testing offers individuals a false sense of safety."

Keep Sydney Open has responded to Berejiklian on their Facebook web page, stating: "Pill testing is about saving lives, nevertheless it’s about rather more than that. This is concerning the system of policy-making that impacts our on a regular basis life... We won't permit the NSW Government to get away with this ignorance. We gained’t permit one other trashing of civil liberties when we now have smarter choices on the desk. March with us and make the desire of the individuals identified."

The rally will happen on January 19 outdoors Sydney Town Hall.

Back in April of 2018, Australia engaged in its first capsule testing operation at Groovin' The Moo pageant in Canberra. Two "lethal substances" had been discovered through the landmark drug checking operation.

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