Drug amnesty bins for NSW music festivals

Published: 11 Dec 2019

Music festivalgoers will be able to discard illegal drugs into amnesty bins without fear of prosecution or penalty.

Festivalgoers will be able to use the amnesty bins to quickly and easily discard their drugs with no questions asked.

The NSW Government will work with NSW Police, health experts, music festival organisers and other key stakeholders on the design and operation of the amnesty bins.

Other measures that will be introduced include targeted education campaigns, improved health services at festivals and improved information sharing between state agencies about the toxicology of drugs found at music festivals.

Minister for Police David Elliott said the NSW Government has been working closely with NSW Police to improve safety at music festivals.

“We want people to use these amnesty bins for illegal drugs and enjoy their time at music festivals,” Mr Elliott said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said combining illicit drugs with hot weather and cramped festival conditions can be a deadly mix.

“Our health professionals do an outstanding job at music festivals to keep people safe and provide valuable information to festivalgoers about the dangers of drugs,” Mr Hazzard said.

“Amnesty bins are another tool in our arsenal as we fight the scourge of illicit drugs.”

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