What’s the plan?
#BeHeardNotHarmed is a youth-led and partygoer-led campaign for pill testing and nightlife harm reduction reform. It’s our voices that will be front and centre, and our efforts that will achieve the political and cultural changes required to make parties safer.
Supporting pill testing is the first step governments need to take in order to make parties safer. Without pill testing, partygoers will continue to die from dodgy pills, and parties will continue to be over-policed in a vain attempt to prevent drug use. Meanwhile, the expensive and counterproductive over-policing of events is killing the nightlife industry.
We’re the affected community here. But we’re the most important voice missing from the debate.
We know that if we can empower the majority of young Australians that support pill testing reform, we can achieve it.
#BeHeardNotHarmed is being led by Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Australia. We’re the country’s only youth-led drug reform advocacy organisation. We’re beginning the campaign in Victoria and NSW, with the help of DanceWize - a peer-led harm reduction service that provides non-judgmental drug education and care at events and festivals.
Link young people to a wide network of advocates fighting for pill testing reform.
Provide young people opportunities to learn more, and engage their own networks to spread the message that reform is on its way.
Run ‘party+panel’ events to educate and inspire partygoers where they’re at: on the dancefloor.
Act as a youth-led campaign space for all supporters to engage with reform.
Conduct outreach at events, festivals, on campuses and in the wider community to raise the profile of this issue and keep it in the news.
Provide support for young people to make their voices heard to policymakers and local political representatives.
In 2019, with your help, we want to build this campaign across Australia. We won’t stop until we have achieved best practice pill testing services around the country.
But pill testing is just the first step. There’s a range of other changes partygoers need to help lead.
Sign the petition. Donate. Get Involved. Let’s be heard.