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Greens renew call for pill testing as report reveals surge in support

1 March 2024

The Greens have renewed their calls for the State Government to make pill testing available in SA as part of a harm minimisation approach to drugs following new research that shows that public support for pill testing has surged to almost two thirds of Australians.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s National Drug Strategy Household Survey, which was released yesterday, found that support for allowing people to test drugs at designated sites has increased 7% since 2019 and now stands at 64%.

“These new results demonstrate that South Australia is really falling behind when it comes to adopting a sensible approach to drugs that reduces harm,” said Greens SA Health Spokesperson Robert Simms MLC.

“The ACT Government established a fixed-site pill and drug testing clinic in 2022 and trialled pop up pill testing at the Groovin’ the Moo back in 2018 and 2019. The State Government must step up and show the same leadership. Analysing and testing drugs in this way will save lives.”