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What’s in Your Pill?


After every festival there is the inevitable fielding of numerous calls by our firm from young festival goers who have been charged with possession of MDMA. Many of these young offenders are from good homes, have good jobs or are studying at a tertiary level. Most have plans to travel overseas and none of them want a drug related criminal conviction, which would assuredly impact their ability to fulfil their future aspirations.

Let us take one step back for a moment and recognise that the real threat to their future was the ingestion of an unknown substance, by an unknown manufacturer with unpredictable effects. To most Magistrates way of thinking, this is the biggest issue. The recklessness exhibited by (mostly) young people who seem to have the conviction that nothing bad will happen to them, is of paramount concern. Placing their lives or health at risk for a few hours of fun, seems beyond the comprehension of the Courts and others in the community.

History shows that not all make it through to the other side of drug use unscathed and considering that the majority of these pills or caps are made by organised criminal gangs, whose primary consideration is profit, a bit of collateral damage, to them, is the price of doing business.

Secret Ingredients

This is not the “Colonels Secret 11 Herbs and Spices” we are talking about here. At the “Groovin the Moo” festival, 85 substances were tested to discover that not only were there the usual “add-mixtures” in these drugs, but worryingly a lethal stimulant called N-Ethylpentylone, which has been linked to a number of mass overdoses worldwide.

Other concerning but less lethal ingredients discovered, as discussed by Dr Caldicott, STA-SAFE member and emergency doctor responsible for testing of the drugs at the festival, stated:

“We found a Polish toothpaste in one of them; we found arnica, which is a muscle rub; we found Hammerite paint.” (ABC News Reports, article 30 April, 2018)

The “Grovin the Moo” festival was praised for providing a pill testing tent, which was used by a number of revellers, however, it is certain that many did not take advantage of the facility and numbers of attendees was in the many thousands.

Have you been charged with possession?

If you have been charged with possession it is essential you receive timely and professional legal advice. Please call Armstrong Legal immediately on 1300 168 676 and speak to our Criminal Law team to plan your defence.

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Written by Tyson Brown on July 11, 2018

Tyson has a down to earth, straightforward approach to life and the law, one which is well received by all who meet him. Tyson has the ability to relate to all clients on a personal level, having spent many years prior to his legal career in customer service and hospitality. View Tyson's profile


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