NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay has come out in support of a limited trial of medically supervised pill-testing at music festivals.
Her party’s back-flip in support of a harm minimisation trial comes on the back of Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame’s recommendation to introduce the trials after a number of deaths relating to drug use at music festivals.
“The status quo isn’t working,” McKay said. “We must try new approaches to prevent further deaths.”
On Twitter, the Labor leader noted that her meetings with the parents of children who have died due to unsafe drug use shifted her views towards the trials.
The NSW Government has remained steadfast on their opposition to this harm reduction policy. Numerous medical groups, including the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, have advocated in favour of the approach.