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An undeniable majority of Australians support pill testing, new survey finds

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A survey conducted by The Guardian in January has revealed what the Australian population truly thinks about pill testing.

Over the last six months, noise around the issue has hit critical mass, compounded by a number of tragic drug-related deaths at NSW music festivals. Meanwhile state governments have remained (largely) against pill testing.

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How many Australians want to introduce pill testing? According to a recent survey conducted by The Guardian, this is no longer an issue we can ignore.

The survey reviewed the responses of 1,089 Australians total, with 63% of voters supporting pill testing “where trained counsellors provide risk-reduction advice informed by on-site laboratory analysis of people’s drugs”.

Funnily enough, even Liberal/National voters were shown to support the harm reduction measure, with 54% indicating they thought it was a good idea. 73% of Labor voters and 74% of Greens voters also supported pill testing.

As little as 24% of respondents opposed the measure, with 12% saying they “don’t know” if they supported it.

If you’re one of the many Australians who support pill testing, consider attending Keep Sydney Open and the Australian Greens’ rally this Saturday. Details can be found on the Facebook event.

Via The Guardian.

 

Ahead of Happy Mag Issue 10, our inaugural Drug Issue, we’re throwing our voice into building a more drug aware world. Find out more about Issue 10 here

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January 15, 2019

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