Your stories

  • Maya's story


    A few years ago I left a very abusive long-term relationship. I fell in with people who were using pills, and as an extremely unhealthy way of dealing with everything at the time I ended up using regularly. I learnt there are different strengths of pills, some had slightly worse impacts on my overall physical feelings than others, and I built up such a strong tolerance that I ended up telling others what they would and would not be able to handle. Stronger ones weren't to be had by someone who just wanted to try them. My mental health and situation led to my intentional overdose on MDMA pills. I woke up in hospital to my friends' and parents' faces, and I'll never forget the way they looked. While my experience was intentional, pill testing may stop the accidental overdoses we see at festivals. It's the opportunity to prevent more parents getting that phone call. It won't end the issue, but it will make people think twice, at the very least take extra precautions when they do take them. No family should get that call, and no government should say no to something that is potentially life changing. The more you know, the more you carry with you daily.

    - Name has been changed.

  • Graham's story


    Many years ago now - when I wore a younger man's clothes - I had a good mate who was gaoled for cannabis offences. We talked openly about a lot of stuff and so I believe him when he told me he had not used any illicit drugs regularly other than cannabis and magic mushrooms on a couple of occasions.

    To cut a long story short - turns out prison guards can readily identify the smell of pot smoke inside. So my mate found pills and smack much more popular and easier to score in this particular Victorian prison at the time. He tried them on a number of occasions and found them very morish.

    Upon release he acted on advice he'd received inside and went to a local supermarket where he evidently scored some smack of a higher purity than he was getting inside. He died, alone, on the cold concrete floor of an unsafe injecting room most people know to be a public toilet.

    I believe he may never have tried heroin if he hadn't entered the prison system for cannabis offences.

    Name has been changed. 

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