Clinic manager Stephanie Stevens said. feed Of the 56 drug samples tested in the first month, 18 were discarded because they found something they didn’t want to take.
“Some people thought it was a depressant turned out to be a stimulant, and taking the substance can be a very distressing experience for people.”
The results were also published by the Australian National University, which collects data from the program.
“Others have been able to confirm that their medication is what they thought it was and I really appreciate having that knowledge.
How do drug tests work?
Clients are asked to leave their mobile phones in lockers while attending to ensure the confidentiality and privacy of everyone in the clinic. Substances to bring when people bring drugs and their intention to use the substance.
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) instrument used in clinics to identify drugs in samples
A small sample of the drug is then chemically analyzed to identify the main active ingredient.
The clinic also offers testing for fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, as well as sexual and mental health consultations.
Will I be arrested for carrying drugs?
“Our location is inside a clinic, and there are other medical services here, so people can come here for a variety of reasons.”
How is this different from pill testing at festivals?
“Festivals can also deploy much more sensitive equipment, as you can imagine needing very robust tools to survive in a festival environment,” he said.
“While we are seeing changes in the market as a result, they are certainly not becoming more dangerous. As a result, there are probably less dangerous products on the market.”
ACT is the only place in Australia to conduct a pill test.
Since the coroner’s recommendation, there have been calls for the NSW government to allow pill testing to take place, but there has been resistance.
“My hope is that young people will take our advice very well, and what they will do in the festival world when they get their hands on a product that we say is dangerous. It’s about changing behavior like you did.”
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-feed/article/a-lot-of-mdma-that-wasnt-mdma-the-early-results-from-australias-first-drug-testing-clinic/i9egqbcg0 ‘Lots of MDMA that’s not MDMA’: Early results from Australia’s first drug testing clinic