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‘Pill testing is a lure’: Mother says new drug approach could make a difference

A mother who lost her daughter to a drug overdose says pill testing could have made a difference as the state coroner hands down recommendations on festival drug deaths.

Deputy state coroner Harriet Grahame has recommended pill testing be conducted at festivals as soon as this summer and that the presence of sniffer dogs be scrapped.

Alex Ross-King is one of the casualties who overdosed on MDMA at a FOMO music festival in Parramatta.

Mother Jen Ross-King tells Steve Price education at festivals is important.

“If she’d had that pill actually tested and was to be told it was pure MDMA… then they would have said ‘if you take this pill you will die’.

“I think the testing part is a lure. The most important part, in my mind, is the peer to peer conversation they have with an expert who knows what they’re talking about.

“Alex was my only child, I have nothing more to lose. I have no agenda, I have nothing to gain. I’m just here because now I understand what I didn’t know.”

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