Pill testing, or drug checking, is a medically supervised intervention focussed on providing reliable and non-discriminatory information to people who intend to use drugs. The ACT government sanctioned trials of pill testing at the Groovin the Moo festival in 2018 and 2019, and publicity surrounding festival deaths have ignited debate on the merits this harm reduction measure. Join research chemist A/Prof Mal McLeod, Dr Anna Olsen from the ANU Medical School, and Dr Rod Lamberts of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science to hear more on the scientific and social dimensions of pill testing in the Australian context.
Conversations Across the Creek is an initiative of the ANU Humanities Research Centre and Research School of Chemistry. These events provide a space for continuing dialogue among scientists, social scientists, and humanities scholars, with the aim of stimulating and unearthing collaborations across the university and between the university and the general public.