Victorian ambulance union calls for ‘back-of-house’ pill testing at music festivals this summer

The Victorian ambulance union has weighed in on the pill testing debate, putting forward a proposal which would see festival-goers notified in real time if a batch of drugs has tested positive to poisonous substances.

The union's general secretary, Danny Hill, said the proposal was "a sensible halfway point" that should be implemented before this summer's festival season.

"What we're suggesting is a half measure known as back-of-house drug testing, which is effectively where police and security will confiscate drugs where they find them — using the techniques they currently use, including sniffer dogs — but it's those drugs that…