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Testing Times

August 2, 2015

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Testing Times

It’s a tragedy that is becoming an all too regular occurrence – a young life cut short by drugs. But it’s not just the hardcore addicts being taken down. Increasingly more young lives are being lost to “party drugs”. One such life was 17-year-old Gemma Thoms who died after taking ecstasy at the Perth Music Festival. Clearly Australia’s drug strategy is not working. But there is another way. Forget sniffer dogs and the threat of jail – in Europe, a radical approach is focused on one thing: saving young lives. And that means helping partygoers find out exactly what's in the drugs before they take them. Pill testing might seem confronting – but it is working.

Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Gareth Harvey


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