Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Pill testing saves lives at ACT’s Groovin the Moo festival

Pill testing saves lives at ACT’s Groovin the Moo festival
April 30, 2019

The lives of seven young people were potentially saved at the weekend when a second pill testing trial at the Groovin the Moo festival in Canberra identified lethal substances.

Patrons discarded their drugs after testing alerted them that their pills contained dangerous n-ethylpentylone.

The assessment, which took about 10 minutes per test, identified MDMA as the most common substance followed by cocaine, ketamine and methamphetamines.

Organiser Gino Vumbaca from Pill Testing Australia hailed the trial a success and said 171 samples had been tested on behalf of 234 participants.

Advising that there were long queues to use the pill testing service and people waited patiently for up to 20 minutes.

About 35 volunteer doctors, chemists and counsellors worked on shifts during the trial to educate youngsters about drug use and negative effects. One doctor flew over from Perth to participate.

Vumbaca told the Guardian Australia “I spoke to a lot of young people as they walked out and the most common thread was they know a hell of a lot more now than they did when they walked in.

“Some were very appreciative saying, ‘Thank God you guys are here because we know (about the recent festival deaths) in NSW and Queensland and other states’.”

There were also Groovin the Moo festivals in Adelaide and Maitland, NSW at the weekend which did not offer pill testing services.

A South Australian ambulance spokeswoman confirmed one teenager was taken to an Adelaide hospital in a serious condition after losing consciousness and paramedics also responded to a 20-year-old woman with a suspected drug overdose.

NSW police said 14 people were taken to hospital with suspected drug and alcohol intoxication cases at the Maitland festival.

The first trial at Groovin the Moo in the ACT last year had uncovered two pills containing potentially lethal contaminants.

ACT Police said the crowd at the Canberra event this year was generally well behaved. Officers seized multiple drugs including MDMA and apprehended two teenagers who will be referred to an ACT drug diversion program.

Two people were taken to the ACT Police watch house for intoxication and disorderly behaviour and there was also an alleged sexual assault.

ACT paramedics took four people to hospital – two for medical conditions and two for intoxication.

Pill Testing Australia is crowd funding to run further pill testing trials at music festivals.

Image courtesy of Groovin the Moo festival.

Related Articles

21st February 2019 - Industry and music bodies slam NSW Premier for creating ‘confusion and uncertainty’ for festival organisers

24th January 2019 - Australian Festival Association launched to create ‘world-leading’ standards

18th January 2019 - Leading medical body calls for pill testing trials at Australian festivals

27th March 2018 - Recommendation for festival pill testing to help emergency services treat overdose victims

11th December 2017 - ‘Insufficient evidence’ to prosecute Falls Festival organiser over crowd crush

17th August 2016 - Eventbrite research shows Australians love festivals

7th December 2015 - 20 overdose at Brisbane Stereosonic festival despite extra security after Sydney and Adelaide deaths

6th December 2015 - Another festival death at Adelaide Stereosonic music event

19th March 2014 - Deaths and drug arrests at Future Music Festival Asia


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

GreeneDesk

Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Education / Fitness / Technology

 
 

Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

GOPLAY COMMERCIAL PLAYGROUNDS

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more

Play

 
 

MYZONE

Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

GEOFF NINNES FONG AND PARTNERS

Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues

 
 

THE FITNESS GENERATION

The Fitness Generation is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

LANDER & ROGERS

Lander & Rogers' Sports Business Group is the leading sports law practice in Australia, representing over 150 national and international sporting bodies. Our clients include international…

read more

Legal

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business