Testing pills won't save lives because it can't tell users how strong their medicines are, the former agent claims
- A former drug squadron boss has reported testing of pills and said it cannot save lives
- Nick Bingham told Police tape arguments to support pill testing and missed the point
- He said that testing pills is not effective because it only tests on additives and not on doses
Pill testing cannot save lives because it does not tell users how strong their medicines are, according to a former police commander.
Former Chief Inspector Nick Bingham told the podcast Podcast an argument to support pill testing at live events.
He said that testing pills at festivals is in fact ineffective because it only tests for additives, as opposed to analyzing the dose levels of a specific chemical in a pill.
Former Chief Inspector Nick Bingham (photo) this week told the Police Band podcast every argument to support pill testing at live events, missed the point
Bingham said that testing pills at festivals is in fact not effective because it only performs tests for additives that are opposite to analyzing the dose levels of a specific chemical in a pill.
& # 39; No matter what they identify within that ecstasy pill or ecstasy capsule, it's the ecstasy that will hurt you more than anything they put into it & # 39 ;, Bingham said.
The inability of the test to determine concentration is also mentioned on the website of the Parliament of Australia, which states that high doses are often fatal themselves.
& # 39; On-site pill test kits are severely limited in what they detect, with test kits that are unlikely to detect contaminants or other toxic substances in pills & # 39 ;, the website said.
Pill test technology is reportedly also ineffective in detecting new drugs on the market, such as NBOMe – or N-Bomb – that was linked to three deaths in 2017.
But as the website indicates, arguments for and against pill testing are usually guided by broader debates about the benefits of harm minimization versus zero tolerance to drugs.
Mr. Bingham said it should not be a question of setting up stalls at festivals, but rather of enforcing the message that taking drugs is like playing & # 39; Russian roulette & # 39 ;.
He said that five deaths from suspected overdoses at music festivals in the last five months were too many – four of which were directly related to drug purity.
According to pro-pill advocate Dr. Alex Wodak can be effective in testing pills because it eradicates impurities and reduces the risk of overdose.
Bingham said that five deaths from suspicious overdoses at music festivals in the last five months were too many – four of which were directly related to drug purity.
Talk to The Today Show In January, Dr. Wodak, Australians said they should have a conversation about how drugs should be regulated – including testing pills.
Dr. Wodak said that drug use is often reduced when the environment around it is less punitive or considered a punishment and limiting.
But Mr Bingham said this week that the initiative means nothing to discourage people from using illegal drugs.
He said that young people underestimate the dangers of illegal drug use, so the message he wants to convey is that there is no such thing as safe medicine.
& # 39; I get angry because these people are smart people, but they run the risk – it's like Russian roulette – of death or serious injury, & # 39; he said.
According to pro-pill test person Dr. Alex Wodak (photo), testing of pills can be effective because it eradicates impurities and reduces the risk of overdose
Mr. Bingham said it should not be a question of setting up stalls at festivals, but rather of enforcing the message that taking drugs is the same as playing & # 39; Russian roulette & # 39;