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Inside a strip search booth used at music festivals. New research has found strip searches have increased 20 fold in the last 12 years. Obtained by Redfern Legal Centre from NSW Police Force under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW)

Unlawful strip searches are on the rise in NSW and police aren’t being held accountable

In a non-policing context, having to perform such acts would be a serious assault. This is why strip searches are meant to be a last resort and only used in serious and urgent circumstances.
New research into pill testing at festivals shows not everyone reacts to a test result the way you’d expect. from www.shutterstock.com

Can a $12 pill test for ecstasy save lives? Well, it’s complicated

New research shows some festival goers are willing to take a dodgy pill regardless of the test result. So, let's use pill testing to educate them and others about reducing their risk.
If you or a friend become confused, very hot and sweaty, and possibly aggressive after taking a pill, seek help. from www.shutterstock.com

When to seek help after taking a pill

Illicit drugs can be dangerous. Read this before you use so you know what to look out for.
MDMA itself isn’t a dangerous drug. But adulterants found in drugs made by at-home chemists can be deadly. from www.shutterstock.com

How does MDMA kill?

Every summer we hear of more deaths from drugs at festivals. But MDMA was originally a medicine, so how can it kill users?
People watch Father John Misty perform at the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Are there too many music festivals?

Music festivals have been a boon to the music industry, but now we're starting to witness some pitfalls of commercial success: consolidation and creeping conformity.
Drug consumers are using DIY kits in an attempt to find out what substances they’re ingesting – but these rudimentary kits won’t paint a full picture. Retinafunk/Flickr

DIY pill testing – is it better than nothing?

In the absence of any more sophisticated options, drug consumers are resorting to drug testing kits they can access themselves.

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