Penington's Pill Testing Debate with Fiona Patten, David Caldicott and Andrew Liebie

Sunday, 11 August 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Nick introduces this week's special, with audio from The Penington Institute's debate:

Pill testing – Lifesaver or false comfort?

Should pill testing be trialled at music festivals?

Can you ever tell whether a pill is safe?

Could pill testing save lives?

Following a series of tragic deaths at music festivals this summer there is widespread debate about whether states and territories should allow pill testing.

Supporters say it will save lives, while those opposed are concerned testing won’t actually help.

Are there problems with the tests?

Could they could give a false sense of security?

Or should we give pill testing a try?

To understand what the issues really are, and to shed more light on the debate, Penington Institute is hosting a public information forum with specialist experts to air the pros and cons of pill testing.

You will hear the evidence on pill testing from recognised authorities for and against, as well as the story of one Victorian mother whose son died following an overdose at a music festival.

Expert speakers will include:

  • Adriana Buccianti (parent of Daniel, who died at a festival in 2012)
  • Andrew Liebie, Safe Work Laboratories
  • Dr David Caldicott, Calvary Hospital, Canberra

Everyone is welcome.

Date: Friday, 8 February 2019

Time: Noon for 12.15pm – 2.00pm

Location: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC

Watch the full debate: