The past six months in Australia has seen plenty of drug arrests, overdoses, and various incidents at major festivals ranging from Stereosonic to Knockout Circez to Field Day. In fact, it’s been such a widespread issue that even Australian Premier Mike Baird has weighed in with his opinions saying that “individuals need to take responsibility for their actions, but so do the organisers of these festivals.”
Thus far, police have remained nonplussed about the entire ordeal. Though they have ramped up security at all major festivals, including Stereosonic and Field Day, the issue of drug overdoses still remains a major problem. Thus far police have opted not to make any drastic changes in approaching the situation, instead choosing to keep their zero-tolerance drug policy.
Earlier this week, major Australian news outlet ABC weighed in with their own two cents with a moving call for drug testing at music festivals and a ban on sniffer dogs. On Monday evening, they aired an investigate report entitled Dying To Dance, The Four Corners Report which concluded that current efforts are simply not working.
Award-winning reporter Caro Meldrum-Hanna interviewed subjects across the board, including drug law reform experts, anonymous drug-using youth, law enforcement and more as she explored “ecstasy and MDMA use in the country renowned for being the world’s biggest consumers of the drugs.”
You can check out the trailer for the broadcast below.