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Australia Authorities issue warnings after three 'party drug overdose deaths' in 24 hours

17:50  08 december  2019
17:50  08 december  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

Man dies from suspected drug overdose at Strawberry Fields music festival in Riverina region

  Man dies from suspected drug overdose at Strawberry Fields music festival in Riverina region The 24-year-old man was taken to the medical tent and staff were told he had taken multiple substances including GHB, MDMA and cocaine. The man suffered a cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at 2:02am.Officers from the Murray River Police District are investigating.A lengthy statement from the festival organisers said the team worked year round to ensure the 9,500 festivalgoers were hosted in the safest possible environment. "We are completely devastated by this news," the statement said."We would like to send our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this distressing and terribly sad time.

70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2017. The age-adjusted rate of overdose deaths increased significantly by 9.6% from States with statistically significant increases in drug overdose death rates from 2016 to 2017 included Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut

In the past three days there have also been 21 overdoses in which the victim has survived. Vancouver Police issued a warning to casual and regular drug users to keep wary of what they are These latest four deaths of drug users occurred within 24 hours from Tuesday night to Wednesday

Three people have died after a string of drug overdoses across the Perth metro area in just 24 hours linked to the party drug Gamma-hydroxybutyrate, or GHB.

a couple of people that are standing in the street: Three people died within 24 hours in Perth as a result of drug overdoses believed to be linked to GHB.© 9News Three people died within 24 hours in Perth as a result of drug overdoses believed to be linked to GHB. Western Australian Police have not confirmed the identities or ages of the three victims or the locations where the overdoses are believed to have occurred.

9News understands the deaths happened on Friday night and early Saturday morning, with at least one male and a female involved.

The fatal incidents have since sparked urgent calls from authorities for Perth partygoers to be careful, particularly due to the danger presented by drugs such as GHB.

'Sweetest person I know': Tributes for man, 24, who died of suspected overdose

  'Sweetest person I know': Tributes for man, 24, who died of suspected overdose Tributes are pouring onto social media for Victorian man Glenn Mcrae who died on the weekend. Medical staff were told he had taken a cocaine, GHB and MDMA.Glenn Mcrae, from Shepparton, was attending the Strawberry Fields four-day music festival in Tocumwal when he was rushed to the event's medical tent at 12.45am on Sunday.

Three people have died of suspected drug overdoses within 24 hours in Perth, possibly after using liquid ecstasy - known as GHB or Fantasy. Police issued a warning after the unusual spate of deaths , with several other people taken to hospital after suffering overdoses . While toxicology results have

Three people die of drug overdoses in Perth in 24 hour period. Three people have died of drug overdoes in Perth in the last 24 hours , prompting a warning from police. "Users rarely know the purity, strength or origin of illicit drugs and this puts them at significant risk of injury or death ."

"Either there's a more potent version of GHB (that has) suddenly hit the streets, or someone has got hold of a whole lot of it," Dr Andrew Miller, the WA Australian Medical Association President, told 9News.

"The side effects of this thing can include seizures, people can get diarrhea, tremors and then end up in a coma on the floor."

a man wearing a suit and tie: WA AMA President Dr Andrew Miller said the depressant party drug, usually taken as a liquid, can be so strong that a person could fall into a coma.© 9News WA AMA President Dr Andrew Miller said the depressant party drug, usually taken as a liquid, can be so strong that a person could fall into a coma.

Usually taken as a liquid, the depressant drug GHB is also known by the name 'Fantasy' and can affect a person's memory, speech and movement.

It is believed one of the three victims – a man aged in his 20s – was rushed from the Metro City Nightclub in Northbridge to the Royal Perth Hospital, before he died.

The spike in deaths has also caused Premier Mark McGowan to offer his own warning to WA residents.

"If you don't start on drugs, these things aren't going to happen to you," he said.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

Family of man undiscovered in hospital bathroom slams inquest .
The family of a man who lay undiscovered in a toilet at a Sydney hospital for 21 hours is angry a Coroner has accepted the changes they wanted are too costly. Grandfather-of-four, Alan Bugden, collapsed in 2015 after suffering a stroke in the toilets of the Royal North Shore Hospital and wasn't found until the next day when a cleaner forced her way in.© 9News Mr Bugden was found in the toilet cubical a day after he suffered a stroke. It was too late to administer the clot busting medication which could have saved his life.Mr Budgen's wife of 43 years, Lexi, had campaigned for safety measures in all toilets.

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