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Paint, toothpaste and milk powder found in pills tested at Canberra music festival

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Australia’s first pill testing trial at a music festival was conducted in Canberra over the weekend, with two substances found to be deadly.

More than 120 festival goers at Groovin the Moo participated, with 85 substances tested – two proving to be deadly.

Matt Noffs, CEO of the Ted Noffs Foundation and on the board of Harm Reduction, told Tom Elliott about 50 per cent of the pills didn’t contain substances customers had been led to believe.

“I think they (participants) were just trying to find out if they were being ripped off,” Matt said.

“And roughly 50 per cent found that it wasn’t Ecstasy.

“The kind of crap we found in there was paint, a Polish toothbrush paint would you believe, artificial sweetener, the one that came up most was milk powder.”

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“What this is, is the slow march towards decriminalization of drugs,” Tom said.

“It’s going to happen, I predict within five years in Victoria.

“Is this the sort of society we want? It’s not what I want.”

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