In New South Wales there have been renewed calls for pill testing at music festivals. In this short excerpt from our 2016 conversation August De Loor of Stichting Adviesburo Drugs in Amsterdam speaks about his successful campaigns testing the quality of ecstasy pills at parties and other substances at his drug testing houses where people have been able to visit without fear of police intervention. August has been a leading advisor on Amsterdam’s drug policies for 50 years.
August de Loor has been a drugs policy advisor and social worker in Amsterdam for 50 years. Here he explains the social benefits of separating soft and hard drugs through the communal use of cannabis in the coffeeshop system in Amsterdam. August discusses developments in drug culture and recalls his community initiatives including working closely with heroin users and starting a needle exchange as well as running a drug-testing project for many years. August advocates for a “Third Way” of dealing with drugs which comes from society rather than the criminalisation of drug use or the medicalisation of drug rehabilitation.