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Pill-testing debate reignited after deaths at Sydney dance festival

There are renewed calls for a pill-testing scheme at dance music festivals across the country after the deaths of two people at the Defqon1 music festival in Sydney at the weekend.

Two people died, including a 21-year-old Melbourne woman, and three others are fighting for life after suspected drug-related incidents.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she will look to shut down “unsafe” dance music festivals.

But Dr David Caldicott, an emergency doctor in Canberra and senior lecturer at the ANU, told Oliver Peterson pill-testing is a way to undermine the criminal marketplace and it’s clear we are losing the “battle of prohibition”.

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