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‘They’re murdering our kids’: Father of teenage drug victim calls for harsher penalties

Chris Smith

The father of Sydney teenager who died in 1995 after taking ecstasy, doesn’t believe pill-testing would save lives.

Some members of the Liberal Party are reportedly pressuring Premier Gladys Berejiklian to consider the measure, following recent deaths from suspected drug overdoses at music festivals.

Gladys Berejiklian remains opposed to the move, and says she would only ever consider implementing it if there was evidence it would save lives.

Tony Wood lost his 15-year-old daughter Anna 24 years ago when she took an illicit substance with friends at a Sydney rave party.

He tells Chris Smith he doesn’t believe pill-testing would prevent deaths.

“The only thing I could see would be a positive about it Chris, is if you had your pill tested, or your kid had their pill tested and they died, you’d have someone to aim your anger at.

“You’d have someone to sue for the problems.”

Tony advocates for a tougher approach and says we should come down hard on drug dealers.

“I think we’ve got to get tougher… more and more police involved.

“And then get some judges and magistrates with some guts to go and put these people away, they’re murdering our kids.”

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