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Drug amnesty bins to be introduced at NSW music festivals

Luke Grant

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced music festivalgoers will be given a chance to discard illegal drugs, standing by her hard-line policy on festival regulation. 

The state government will provide ‘amnesty bins’ for future festivalgoers to dispose of drugs “no questions asked”, in the hope it will discourage patrons from overdosing at police checkpoints for fear of being arrested for possession.

Six people died of drug overdose at festivals from December 2017 to January 2019. This year’s festival season is also off to a tragic start, with a death at Strawberry Fields last month.

Campaigners continue to push for pill testing, which the Premier has repeatedly rejected on the basis such a policy would provide “a false sense of security”.

“The pure drug can kill you,” the Premier told Luke Grant.

“There’s no safe way of taking MDMA, that’s the bottom line.”

The amnesty bins will be placed at the front gates of all festivals in the state as of 28 December.

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