Pill Testing Won’t Put Testers at Risk

A Canberra solicitor has expressed his concern today that pill testers operating at this year’s Spilt Milk festival could be found guilty of committing a criminal offence, despite being given the green light by the ACT government. Mr Paul Edmonds said that testers risk being found guilty of ‘aiding and abetting’ pill use by encouraging…

Seeing sense…ible drug policies

After a recent trip to Portugal, conservative politician Craig Kelly has urged the PM to decriminalise drug possession. The Portuguese government decriminalised the personal use of drugs 16 years ago, and with it introduced a range of drug rehabilitation and outreach programs, design to start treating drug use and addiction as a public health issue…

5 True Facts About Marijuana

A big part of harm reduction is knowing about what you’re taking. Here’s a quick rundown of things you may not have known about marijuana. Some may surprise you! 1. Marijuana isn’t a gateway drug While it is true that many users of other drugs smoke marijuana or have done in the past, the use…

The Real Reason Weed is Illegal

Humans have been growing and using marijuana for over eight thousand years. There was a time in America where it was even available as an over the counter medication. But much has changed since then. The 60s and 70s saw the beginning of widely heard ‘the war on drugs’. But what is not widely known…

5 things you can do to help

They say progress is slow, but more hands make light work. As a lot of you probably know, Spilt Milk is allowing free, anonymous drug testing . But we didn’t get here by chance. It took years of hard work, negotiations and activism work to achieve this. While there have been some major steps forward there is…

What you can expect at a pill testing tent

In huge news for the harm reduction advocacy scene, the ACT government has announced that free, anonymous pill testing will be available at this year’s Spilt Milk. As you lovely lot are a sensible and smart bunch, we’re sure you wanna have your goodies tested before you take them. But how does it all work?…

3 Reasons Pill Testing Helps Everyone Out

Pill Testing = Quality Control As strange as it may be to think, your dealer is a business person. For them to continue, they need a quality product people come back to. Research has shown that when a certain type of pill is flagged as being impure and dangerous, it leaves the black market. The…

What To Do If You Get Stopped By the Police

What are my rights? What should I do if they stop me? *Disclaimer: These are in accordance with NSW laws. Check your own state to make sure. Remember that for the most part, the cops are just trying to do their job. Cooperate and speak to them respectfully just as you would any other member…

3 Pill Testing Myths Debunked

Drug experts and doctors alike are advocating for pill testing to be made available at venues such as music festivals. But its critics say that people won’t test their drugs, there is no safe way to take drugs, and that we shouldn’t support the illegal drug trade and the black market. So who’s right? 1….

Drug dogs get it wrong 4 out of 5 times

Drug dogs can be used at any licensed premises, sporting events, concerts, artistic performances, dance parties, parades and public transport facilities without a warrant. On average, drug dogs get it wrong 4 out of 5 times. David Shoebridge, Greens MP and advocate of Sniff Off says that “No test which has an 80 per cent…

Addiction and the Unknown – Guest Post

This week, we’re feauturing Addiction-Not A Choice as our guest blogger. They’ve got a great cause behind them removing the stigma surrounding addiction. Read on! First off I’d like to say big thank you to Party Safer for having me as a guest blogger and a big helloooo to all you followers! Party Safer is…

How Many More Deaths Will it Take?

Plain and simple – our current drug laws and practices are costing lives. The vast majority of Australians have tried illicit drugs once in their life. When asked if you have ever used/tried an illicit drug in your lifetime, almost half of those surveyed responded yes. That percentage is the highest it’s been in the…