Dozens of Groovin the Moo attendees taken to Townsville Hospital
May 6, 2019

Almost 30 festival-goers had to be taken to hospital after being affected by drugs and alcohol at Townsville’s Groovin The Moo Festival on Sunday.

Of the 28 revellers that were presented to Townsville Hospital’s Emergency Department fourteen people were reportedly admitted, as of 9pm last night.

A 17-year-old female was the youngest patient and was brought in at about 3.30pm after having trouble breathing after reportedly taking MDMA, the Townville Bulletin reported.

The oldest patient was aged 37, with all people reportedly in a stable condition on Sunday night.

Nearly 30 people were reportedly taken to hospital from Townsville Groovin the Moo. Picture: Evan MorganSource:News Corp Australia

The hospitalisations come just a week after pill testing at the Canberra Groovin the Moo was herald as a success.

The program tested 171 samples from 234 attendees. Seven dangerous substances were detected, with patrons using an amnesty bin to toss the drugs once alerted.

But, despite the success, the Tasmanian government is still staunchly opposed to the practice.

Tasmanian Liberal Health Minister Michael Ferguson on Tuesday reiterated the state government was opposed to pill testing in any form.

“We do believe that such an initiative can send a very dangerous and risky message,” he told parliament.

“We don’t support quality controlling illegal drugs that are being pushed by drug pushers.”

The Townsville Groovin the Moo was held just a week after it’s Canberra sister event. Picture: Evan MorganSource:News Corp Australia

Mr Ferguson, who declined an invitation to attend the trial in the ACT, said the government supported people saying no to drugs and pointed to the opening of 31 rehabilitation beds across the state.

“There is no safe use of an illicit drug,” he said.

“We’re all about supporting people from a health perspective as well as from a police perspective.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also remains opposed to pill testing after the ACT trial, which followed an Australian-first pilot in 2018.

Both the NSW government and Tasmanian government remain strongly opposed to pill testing. Picture: Monique Harmer.Source:News Corp Australia

The Groovin the Moo website states the festival does “not condone any behaviour that may knowingly cause harm to an individual and encourages all patrons to take personal responsibility for their actions”.

“There are risks associated with drugs including adverse health reactions and criminal charges,” the website reads.

“Be mindful that police sniffer dogs regularly attend Groovin the Moo, so to ensure you won’t miss out on any of the fun don’t bring anything sniffable with you.”