At the risk of possible unpleasant social-media side-effects, I can’t resist injecting my two cents’ worth into the debate that’s currently raging in Australia about the desirability or otherwise of on-site testing of illicit pills to try and prevent the deaths of small numbers of teens who dose themselves with dodgy drugs at music festivals.
And I must say that I agree wholeheartedly with the advocates of such testing, as there’s a body of evidence, mostly, I understand, from overseas, that it reduces the incidence of kills and lesser ills that are apparently caused by prohibited pills.
But I’d go even further and have not just teams of chemists on hand to test the pills, but also squads of shrinks to test attendees for the purpose of identifying and ejecting those whose psych scores rate them as such dills that they can’t get their thrills without stuffing themselves to the gills on potentially poisonous pills peddled by callous criminal shills.
One of whom, on her recent court appearance on a pill-pushing charge, had the hide to plead for the kind of mercy she had so conspicuously failed to show her customers, on the grounds that she was working as a dealer to help her parents cope with a family financial crisis.
The unfortunate police and security personnel saddled with the thankless task of putting the chill on the music-festival drug-trade must have their absolute fill of such such swill from the kind of pill-pushing swill they get to grill after catching them with supplies of their merchandise concealed on or inside their persons.
And it must also sap their will to know that, like the most recently-deceased pill-dill allegedly did, a good many festival-goers take the precaution of buying and getting themselves flying on their suspect pills prior to entering the event.
A fact that suggests that there should be blood-testing for entrants in addition to chemical testing to determine the content of pills and psychological testing to identify at least some of the dills.
And not just the dills likely to take pills, but also the parliamentary dills like those in the New South Wales and other governments devoted to duping themselves and the rest of us into denying that pill-testing can help reduce the toll of lives that pills keep taking.
The same ‘con’ as in ‘conservative’ and ‘coal’ as in ‘coalition’ governments, in most cases, that are similarly devoted to dopey denial and defiance of the increasingly dire evidence of man-made or at least man-contributing climate change, and also of the fact that own gross mismanagement, incompetence and/or corruption and continued support for the the irrigation of cotton and other disastrously water-wasting crops are as much to blame for the shocking condition of the Murray-Darling and other river systems as the drought is.
The same governments, at least in New South Wales and federally, that, whether or not they get ever get around to supporting pill-testing, not to mention renewable-energy power generation and honest, efficient allocation of our scarce water resources, are both soon fated to face their ultimate political dill-tests in the form of elections.
And as far as I’m concerned, their virtually inevitable failure of these political pillocks to pass their electoral dill-tests will be as deservedly a bitter pill for them to swallow as it will be sweet for the majority of us who are devoted to not only advancing Australia, but doing so fairly and equitably for not just all of us and both our fellow and aspiring Australians, but also for our nation’s priceless social and natural environments.