Summer is just around the corner and with the warmer weather young people will gravitate to music festivals around the country.
What is a concern for family and friends of those young people is that these gatherings also draw enterprising drug dealers.
An Australian study found that at a recent major festival almost 75 percent of patrons interviewed reported using illicit drugs.
Of those interviewed almost 60 percent named MDMA (aka ecstasy) as their preferred party drug.
That’s because MDMA induces feelings of empathy and turns everyone into a brilliant dancer. But there is a downside, ecstasy turns nasty promising to ‘love you one minute’ and tries to ‘kill you the next’.
There are huge concerns that the wider community and especially Australian young people are being badly manipulated and deliberately misled by pill testing advocates.
Shane Varcoe is the Executive Director of the Dalgarno Institute, a coalition of alcohol and drug educators dealing with the social and cultural impact of drugs and alcohol. He spoke with Neil Johnson on Vision Christian Radio’s 20Twenty program about this dangerous and deceptive trend.
“The difficulty with this particular issue is whether the evidence and science is looking at the best practice for reducing harms of drug taking, or more importantly do you want to completely eliminate the harm? Then you’ve got to ask who is driving the agenda for pill testing and what is the real motivation behind it.”
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