/ 09 January 2024

Dangerous dance party overdoses


Eight people including a teenage girl are in critical condition after a mass drug overdose at a Melbourne music festival on the weekend. Ambulance Victoria says all appear to have taken MDMA (aka Ecstasy) and 7 had to be placed in induced comas and needed breathing tubes. The event was held at Flemington racecourse and pictures from social media on the night showed the 10,000 partygoers dancing in the venue along with complaints about the 32C heat. It’s renewed calls for pill testing in the state with the Ambulance Union’s Danny Hill saying “they have it in Queensland and the ACT… there’s probably a number of different models”.  But the state government is lukewarm on the idea saying it already spends millions trying to reduce drug harm at festivals and nightclubs.

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