By the Public Health Association of Australia
The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) supports medically supervised pill testing as an integral part of Australia’s harm-minimisation approach to drug use.
- Taking illicit drugs, especially ecstasy, is becoming more common among young people in Australia.
- 70% of pills taken by young people in a 12 month period were taken at clubs, festivals and dance parties.
- The growth in new psychoactive substances and evolving chemical composition of illicit drugs means users have no way of knowing what they are taking and the potential risks involved.
- Testing of pills by appropriately trained health professionals can inform users about the content and thereby minimise the risk of injury or death.
- Evidence from several European countries indicates pill testing may reduce use, and health-related harms including deaths.