Deaths trigger calls for pill testing at music events

A 22-year-old died during the New Year's holiday period after taking a pill at the Lost Paradise festival, a five-day event outside Sydney. Rates of drug use remain high in Australia - in 2016, 43 per cent of people aged 14 and older had used illicit
A 22-year-old died during the New Year's holiday period after taking a pill at the Lost Paradise festival, a five-day event outside Sydney. Rates of drug use remain high in Australia - in 2016, 43 per cent of people aged 14 and older had used illicit drugs at some point, up from 38 per cent in 2001.PHOTO: LOST PARADISE/FACEBOOK

Five deaths at Australian music festivals in four months - latest was during New Year holiday

A series of deaths of young people who took illicit drugs at music festivals in Australia has led to a debate over whether to introduce pill testing at large events.

During the New Year's holiday period, a 22-year-old died after taking a pill at the Lost Paradise festival, a five-day event outside Sydney.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2019, with the headline 'Deaths trigger calls for pill testing at music events'. Print Edition | Subscribe