Paul Brecht, Evans Head
I applaud Colin Mendelsohn, conjoint associate professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at Uni of NSW. Colin cancelled his membership of 30 years to the Australian Medical Association – AMA; he says he can’t tolerate its hypocrisy on supporting harm reduction through pill testing for drug takers but opposing vaping to reduce the harm from smoking.
Now illicit drug taking is illegal but smoking tobacco isn’t, but each year in Australia 19,000 smokers die prematurely from smoking.
We’ve heard about the deaths of people who have died at music festivals from suspected pills; would they have taken the pills if they had been able to test them and made a choice not to take them and lived?
Why NSW is digging its heels in against legislating for pill testing is beyond belief, but they won’t stop the sale of tobacco because there’s too much money to be made. That’s what it’s all about: corporate greed over people’s health.