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Vic calls heighten for pill testing

Calls for pill testing facilities at music festivals are heightening amid police fury over patron behaviour at this year's Rainbow Serpent festival in regional Victoria.

Police slammed the alternative festival after releasing this year's rap sheet, which includes a death, two sexual assaults and multiple drug trafficking arrests.

But patrons and some political voices say the "zero tolerance" approach is not working.

Amanda O'Keefe, who has attended Rainbow Serpent each year for the past six years, told AAP the festival had a strong emphasis on harm reduction.

"Sadly, the one thing I believe is missing is the ability to test your drugs to see what's in them which to date has been blocked by the government," she says.

"How the government can continue to withhold a service that can save lives really seems unfathomable when it's clear that a zero tolerance attitude towards drugs does not work.

"I believe the festival is often treated unfairly and used as a scapegoat by authorities to prove a point that falls on deaf ears."

Ms O'Keefe's comments come as the City of Port Phillip plans to hold a vote this Wednesday on introducing pill testing at local dance parties and events, in a motion led by councillor Dick Gross.

The Greens and the Sex Party have previously indicated their support for pill testing at festivals.

However, Superintendent Andrew Allen has called for major changes at the festival after police recorded six drug trafficking and possession incidents, numerous assaults including one of a police officer, one drunk driver and four evictions at this year's Rainbow Serpent.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has previously indicated his opposition to pill testing of illicit drugs, claiming such practices can help normalise drug use.

Police seized a range of drugs including substances allegedly marketed as ecstasy, MDMA, ketamine and cannabis at the festival.

A 22-year-old Kensington man died on Saturday night after collapsing at the five-day music and arts festival.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Rainbow Serpent organiser Tim Harvey has been contacted for comment.

© AAP 2017

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