Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



18 March 2019

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Government will not support drug testing

The Tasmanian Government does not support pill testing, as we have consistently made clear including before the last election.

There is no safe use of any illicit drug and it's reckless to suggest otherwise.

The idea that a testing service can indicate that an illegal drug is free of certain contaminants sends a very mixed and risky message.

We know there have been cases where people have died after using illegal drugs that are pure, so to offer a testing service that would suggest drugs are safe just because they don’t have additives or contaminants in them would be incredibly irresponsible and dangerous and offer people a false sense of security.

The Government will not introduce any amnesty or special arrangements for those caught with illegal drugs at Dark MOFO or any other event..

Tasmania Police advises that their approach at festivals and events is to target drug dealers with drug dogs and officers on the ground and I expect they will doing so at Dark MOFO.



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