Testing of confiscated drugs at Victorian music festivals could be undertaken by paramedics, with party-goers informed of dangerous substances via social media or emergency texts.
The proposal would see drugs that are already confiscated by police at some music festivals tested on-the-spot.
The Victorian Ambulance Union state council says it overwhelmingly supports drug testing at music festivals as a means of saving lives.
The union says testing of confiscated drugs could be carried out by on-site chemists who would alert revellers of bad drugs using various systems, including the state’s emergency alert system.
Union boss Danny Hill says the measure would free up ambulance resources to attend to other emergencies and avoid assaults on members.
Victoria police are against the proposal, calling for increased security over the summer.
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