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The recent case of the underage girl strip-searched at a festival just underlines the ludicrous attitude to pill testing of the NSW government.

Gladys Brejiklian’s line is that pill testing is not 100 per cent accurate, and testing would give people a false sense of security. In other words because possibly one out of 100 tests is unreliable, we should reject the other 99. But it’s just a variation of a ‘tough on drugs’ policy designed to appeal to her conservative base whose knowledge of drugs is based on reading the Murdoch press.

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller’s reaction is to say all drugs are dangerous. Yes Mick, and that’s actually one of the best arguments available to support pill testing.

Saying drugs are dangerous is also counter productive, in my experience the more a drug is called dangerous, the more avid people are to try it.

There is another aspect of drug taking that is not often discussed. When I first started taking psychedelic drugs in the late ‘60s there was a tacit competition between myself and my friends as to who could consume the most drugs. This is an aspect of the pioneering instinct inherent in all human beings, and unfortunately there is very little can be done to suppress this aspect of the human mind, especially in young people.

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