Testing festival goers’ pills isn’t the only way to reduce overdoses. Here’s what else works.
Jul 26, 2019
Professor Nicole Lee and Dr Monica Barratt have recently published an article on The Conversation website titled “Testing festival goers’ pills isn’t the only way to reduce overdoses.” The article describes some of the approaches that have been shown to not deter drug use, and may even increase harm - this includes heavy police presence, random drug searches and drug detection dogs. The authors go on to describe approaches that are effective. This includes peer-led organisations providing education and support, direct-to-consumer pill testing services, but also the testing of drugs that have been seized by police or emergency services.