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Drug amnesty bins to be isolated from police at NYE festival debut

Drug amnesty bins will debut this New Year as festival-goers are assured they can dispose of drugs without police intervention.

Sydney’s NYE in the Park music festival will be the first in the state to have the trialled bins where attendees can throw away their pills before reaching sniffer dogs.

NSW Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant tells Mark Levy security and NSW Health staff will be monitoring the bins rather than police.

“Festival patrons can use the bins without fear of arrest or being monitored by police.”

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Police Association President Tony King tells Mark there need to be clear guidelines on where officers will be positioned.

“We certainly think it’s a sensible move.

“These drugs are dangerous… and if we can get them off the street, whether that’s through policing or amnesty bins, I think that’s a step in the right direction.”

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UK drug amnesty bins image: Getty/Yui Mok – PA Images

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