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155 people caught with drugs at Field Day festival

155 people have been charged with drug-related offences following a New Year’s Day music festival in Sydney.

149 people were charged with possession at the Field Day event in The Domain and six were charged with supply.

Four people attending the festival were taken to hospital for drug-related health issues.

The debate about pill-testing at festivals has been reignited following two recent deaths stemming from drug use.

A 22-year-old Queensland man died after taking an unknown substance at a festival on the Central Coast, promoted as a drug-free event.

A 20-year-old Victorian man has died in hospital after a suspected overdose at an event east of Melbourne.

Northern Beaches Councillor Pat Daley served on the National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs and tells Chris Smith there are other measures that would be more effective in preventing drug use.

“We have to test more in the workplace,” he says.

“If you’re a pilot, you’re tested. If you’re in heavy industry, you’re tested.

“If we have more drug-testing in the workplace, I believe that would be a deterrent.

“I call on the Premier… to set an example by having drug testing in Parliament House.”

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