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Drugs were found in one in four cars inspected by police headed to an electronic music festival in the Yarra Valley over the weekend.
Two people were taken to hospital after suffering suspected overdoses at the three-day Wild Horses festival, while police processed more than 60 people for drug-related offences.
About 1000 revellers attended the event, which took place between Friday and Sunday in Marysville, about 100 kilometres north-east of Melbourne.
The two suspected overdoses occurred on Saturday and Sunday morning.
No pill-testing trial for Queensland music festival season
An emergency doctor has warned more Queensland festival revellers could fall victim to deadly drugs masked as party pills. Health Minister Steven Miles promised to look "closely at the work currently under way in Canberra in relation to the use of pill testing as a harm-reduction strategy".Results of the Canberra trials were expected to be shared at a meeting of Australia's health ministers in late October but pill testing was pushed off the agenda as they discussed setting minimum benefits for single-room accommodation at public hospitals.
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A man in his 20s was airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital just before 4am on Saturday.
A woman, believed to also be in her 20s, was taken to Maroondah Hospital just before 3am on Sunday.
A police operation at the nearby Lake Mountain Road found illicit drugs – including cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and speed – in a quarter of the 340 cars that were checked.
Police say a total of 60 festival-goers were found in possession of drugs and three drivers were found to have drugs in their system.
Five people were charged with trafficking a drug of dependence, including a 26-year-old Preston woman, a 40-year-old Brunswick man, a 26-year-old from Diamond Creek and two men, aged 20 and 21, from Mickleham.
They were all bailed to appear at the Benalla Magistrates' Court in March 2020.
Three dead from drug overdoses in Perth
Three people have died of a drug overdose in Perth in the last 24 hours, with police singling out GHB as a possible link. WA Police say three people have died in the city overnight and on Saturday, with several others requiring emergency medical attention.
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Twenty people were charged with road traffic offences and four cars were found to not be roadworthy.
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On December 1, a 24-year-old Shepparton man died at the Strawberry Fields music festival just north of the Victorian border after medical staff were told he had taken cocaine, GHB and MDMA.
Senior Sergeant Mark Hesse said people needed to be aware of the penalties associated with drug possession and trafficking.
"There is this idea with some people that taking drugs enhances their day out, but in reality, they are potentially putting the health and safety of themselves and others at risk," he said.
"No matter how well you think they are concealed, you will be caught."
The organisers of the Wild Horses music festival have been contacted for comment.
Two revellers are taken to hospital after overdosing at electro festival as police reveal a quarter of cars checked near the gates contained drugs
Two people were rushed to hospital suffering from drug overdoses at a music festival in country Victoria over the weekend, police said on Monday. A 27-year-old man was flown by paramedics to Royal Melbourne Hospital from the Wild Horses Music Festival held in bushland at the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort near Marysville, 100km northeast of Melbourne on Saturday morning.A young woman was taken to hospital by ambulance on Sunday morning.
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Last month, Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp backed a pill-testing trial in the city despite Premier Daniel Andrews reiterating the state government's opposition to the proposal.
"I do not endorse anyone taking illicit drugs – but in the face of evidence that people are taking these drugs we simply cannot stick our heads in the sand," Cr Capp said.
Mr Andrews resisted a shift in policy on drug testing ahead of the summer festival season.
"I would respectfully point out that the government has a policy and we won't be changing our policy," Mr Andrews said in November.
Also last month, the paramedics union put forward a proposal to introduce "back of house" pill testing at festivals.
Under the proposal from the Victorian Ambulance Union, drugs confiscated by police would be tested on-site and punters would be alerted in real time if a dodgy drug is found.
Report gives thumbs up to pill testing .
Australia's second pill-testing trial helped saved lives, saw improved drug-taking behaviour and was well run, researchers say. Australia's second pill-testing trial potentially saved the lives of seven music festival goers, saw less risky drug-taking behaviour and was well managed, researchers say.But they say there needs to be clearer explanations of drug test results, with some users thinking they were getting their drugs tested for purity and not just content. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.