Steve Price’s car crash pill-testing interview


STEVE Price has been called "ignorant" and "arrogant" by awful viewers of the project after a strange interview with a drug expert on pill testing at festivals.

The inventory came as two "deadly" pills and drugs that were cut with paint, toothpaste and artificial sweetener were found during Australia's first legal pillar trial at the Groovin The Moo Festival in Canberra during the weekend .

Matt Noffs, a drug addict with treatment service Harm Reduction Australia, fielded questions from Waleed Aly and Carrie Bickmore before the brutal confrontation with Price.

"We are all crowded. We know how many young people are out there who use drugs like ecstasy, but what are we doing?" Noffs started.

"In ACT you have a police that is enlightened and will try a new approach so they were also very happy with this."

But Price did not buy any of it.

"I would hardly call the police to ignore the use of drugs enlightened, but if that's what you want to hold on, that's fine."

Noffs reacts by saying that everyone in Price & # 39; s generation was "smoking dope" and "now it's ecstasy".

"It's just a reality, we do not want to unlock these children because many of them have tertiary degrees, they're smart," he continued.

Price opposite: "We have laws. Drugs are illegal. We can not just let the police ignore the law."

But the debate was really fired when Price wanted to know how many festival guests decided not to take their "clean" substances after the test.

Noffs said that the figures have not yet been crunched and then aimed at Price's "clean" drug remark.

"It's a very confusing issue for people who do not understand the science behind this," he said. "Chemists take this away and analyze this. Are you chemist?"

"And sorry Steve, I do not know how many" clean "illegal drugs you take, but I've never found a purely illegal substance on the black market. "

" It's ridiculous, you know I'm not taking any drugs, "Price answered.

"You're taking drugs, Steve," said Noffs. You like a beer, but it is sold at the counter and you have some kind of quality control around it. "

Noffs said parents can not stop their children taking drugs – adds" it has not worked for a hundred bloody years. "

" It has worked with my children, "said Price." They do not take drugs. "

The price is then asked if he has ever taken drugs as he says" no. "But Noffs calls him a" liar. "

The price says the couple will never agree when The interview ends and the viewers tweeted The project – Some say his comments about parents were "arrogant" and "ignorant."

Helge's test is being welcomed as a success for many. It was a collaboration between Safety and Testing and Advisory Service at Festivals and Events (STA-SAFE) ACT Government and ACT Police.

It is considered a massive success from the involved parties. The emergency doctor in the tent Dr. David Caldicott probably said the test probably saved life.

But some of The festivalgoerene who spoke to Triple Js Hack said tonight there was a small problem with the system – they could not find the test tent.

"We did not know where it was. There was no signage where it was … so we just took drugs," a Groovin Moo participant, who was not named, told the station.

"If there was something in what I did not think would be there, I think twice for sure."

Thousands of people attended the festival at the University of Canberra campus and 128 of those who were aged from 17 to over 40, submitted their drugs for testing at a medical tent outside the festival entrance.

Piloting works by taking a sample that scrapes a pill or a small number of granules out of a plastic capsule. This sample is then analyzed by a physician and chemist to determine what it actually contains and the results are handed to the festival participant.

They can then choose whether they will still consume the drugs or instead dispense them in an "amnesty bin".

STA-SAFE's dr. Caldicott said five people used amnesty bin and between 10 and 20 percent of others who had their drugs tested said they were also considering throwing their pills. 19659003] STA-SAFE member Matt Noffs from Harm Reduction Australia said the test results revealed alarming details of what really was in some ecstasy pills.

"We saw 128 people come through with 85 drugs and exceeded our expectations", Mr. Noffs told

"People were surprised at the kind of stuff we found in the fabrics. We had everything from paint to toothpaste. We also found Nutrisweet, an artificial sweetener, arnica muscle rubbing and milk powder," said Noffs.

A "significant figure" also contained pure MDMA or ecstasy, as Mr Noffs said could still be very harmful. [19659003] "Some people think" This is pure ecstasy, that's OK, "but it's not the case," he said.

Two of the pills were considered "mortal," said Noffs.

"A doctor and two chemists analyze the pills, and the doctor can see which substances are in them. They said," This is deadly. These things have been found to kill people. I know that one of the ingredients we found is quite rare here, but it is usually found in Europe. "

ACT Police Detective Attorney, Superintendent Rohan Smith, said the police did not enter the pills tent at any time during the festival.

" In relation to the tent itself, we had nothing to do with it. There is a problem [Health Directorate]. We have just established normal police protocols at the event, "he told Canberra radio station 2CC.

" No police entered the tent at any time. "

The police had previously said that they would not" actively target "the section of the piracy festival.

" While ACT Policing does not tolerate the use of illegal drugs, we support strategies for minimizing injuries, such as the decision to provide a friendly environment to allow pill testing, "a spokesman for the police said.

– with Rebecca Sullivan



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