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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Students support pill-testing

The National Union of Students (NUS) supports the calls of young people across Australia to
introduce pill testing services at festivals and across the country. We endorse the Students for
Sustainable Drug Policy (SSDP) in pushing for drug policy reform towards a harm reduction
approach.
While recognising that pill testing is not the silver bullet in preventing all drug related harm, it is a
key way to reduce the harm for many young people. Tragic incidents of drug related harm over
this summer festival period have shown that a zero tolerance approach and stigmatising drug
use is not an effective method to prevent drug related harm.
Student organisations across the country have showed their support for a harm reduction
approach. The University of Melbourne Student Union, and Newcastle University Student
Association have already rolled out pill testing and drug education programs, with many other
student associations looking to follow with similar programs.
“It is appalling that despite all the evidence that shows pill testing does work, the government
and other opponents to pill testing refuses to acknowledge that our current approach to drug
related harm is not working” said NUS National President, Desiree Cai.
“Students are on board. We want to ensure that our friends and countless other young people
who partake in drug use are able to be safe”.

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