My son died at a music festival – don't let any more young people die at Australian festivals
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It's every parent's worst nightmare. There have now been five deaths from drug overdoses at music festivals in the last few months – just like my son Daniel who died at a festival in January 2012.
My world fell apart when police arrived at my door to tell me my boy had died at a festival. There's no other word to describe it but horror.
What devastates me further is knowing we could stop this madness. 5 young people, daughters and sons, have died in a year. My son made a mistake in taking a drug. It wasn't what he thought it was, and it killed him.
Doctors and experts are saying Australian festivals need to urgently introduce 'drug checking services' to stop more deaths.
They're common in UK and other countries. The 'pill testing' services tell people exactly what substance they would be about to take – and it's helping stop deaths. The Queensland Government are considering it, but too many kids are dying and it's not yet policy.
I can't get my son back but I want to make sure no-one else has to go through the hell of losing their child to a mistake like I did.
I'm pleading with you – please help me stop more young people dying at festivals this summer. Introduce drug checking services.
Please help me save a life by sharing my petition.
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