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Australia 'There's a bad batch out there': Police sound warning after three deaths, dozens of overdoses in Perth

13:16  09 december  2019
13:16  09 december  2019 Source:   watoday.com.au

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Three people have died of drug overdoes in Perth in the last 24 hours, prompting a warning from police . WA Police say three people have died in Toxicology results are not yet available but police have singled out the drug GHB, also known as fantasy, as a possible link to several of the overdoses .

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Police are warning a “bad batch” of drugs is doing the rounds in Perth after three deaths on Saturday and dozens of overdoses during the week.

Three young adults – a 21-year-old man and two women, aged 23 and 25 – died on Saturday after suspected overdoses.

Initial reports connected the deaths to GHB – or ‘fantasy’ – however WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson on Monday said what drug or combination of drugs was responsible would be determined after toxicology reports had been finalised.

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However, the 23-year-old and 25-year-old women both showed signs of injecting drugs, leading to fears a bad batch of heroin could be to blame.

Mr Dawson said he “would not be surprised” if heroin was to show up in the women’s toxicology reports but would not pre-empt the results.

“The point I’d stress is that there’s a bad batch of drugs out there,” he said.

“I cannot tell you definitively what type of drug – or indeed whether there is a bunch of different substances that are being taken – but to lose three young adult lives in the Perth metropolitan area in one day... police are duty-bound to warn the community whenever we see a very spiked increase in apparent drug overdoses.”

Police were called about 8am on Saturday to reports the 21-year-old man had died in hospital after an apparent overdose while at the Metro City nightclub in Northbridge, however there were no indications as to what drugs he had taken, or how.

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a close up of a hand: Police have warned of a © Shutterstock Police have warned of a "bad batch" of drugs doing the rounds in Perth after three suspected weekend overdoses. The two women – the 23-year-old from Fremantle and the 25-year-old from Leederville – overdosed at private residences. Police were called to those incidents just after midday and about 4pm on Saturday, respectively.

Mr Dawson said reports from St John Ambulance also showed a worrying spike in overdoses in the week leading up to Saturday’s deaths – more than 20 a day for three days.

“On the 4th of December, 24 persons were responded to by police and/or ambulance,” he said.

“On the 5th of December, 29 persons were suspected of having overdosed, and on the 6th of December, 26 persons were treated for suspected overdoses.

“On Saturday the 7th, the day that we had those three deaths, there were a reported 12 overdoses.”

Mr Dawson said police would “urgently” seek toxicology reports and work with other authorities to stop more young adults dying and sounded a stark warning for other drug users: “Do not take drugs that are illicit ... people are dying.”

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Western Australian Police have not confirmed the identities or ages of the three victims or the Three people died within 24 hours in Perth as a result of drug overdoses believed to be linked to GHB. The deaths have sparked urgent warnings from authorities for partygoers to be wary of the substance.

Police are warning people about the dangers of illicit drug use after the deaths of three people in Perth over the weekend. A spate of suspected drug overdose deaths across Perth in the past 24 hours have prompted police fears that party drug Fantasy, otherwise known as GHB, could be to

“Drugs of certain types are illegal for a particular reason – that is they may kill you or seriously endanger your health.

“If you don’t know what you’re taking, do not take it. If you are taking illicit substances, you do so at a very high risk of your own personal harm.

“There’s clearly a bad batch out there.”

The Commissioner echoed what WA Premier Mark McGowan said on Sunday when he described the deaths as a tragedy for those involved and a warning to not take drugs.

“We have very significant programs to educate people about not taking drugs, we have significant rehabilitation programs across Western Australia and we have major law enforcement initiatives but I urge people once again, don’t start on drugs because if you do, the consequences can be tragic,” Mr McGowan said.

“If you aren’t going to start out on drugs, these things aren’t going to happen to you.”

Mr Dawson said he was "scathing" about the idea there could be "quality control" when it came to illicit drugs.

"If you're going to inject illicit drugs, you have no idea where it comes from and you have no certainty it won't cause you death or serious harm," he said.

While there had been a "bad run" of heroin overdoses about 20-30 years ago, Mr Dawson said he couldn't recall in recent history when there had been three deaths in one day.

"At certain times of the year, people take certain drugs on weekends and we know at this time of year there’s a lot more partying that occurs," he said.

"But I think when you’ve got over 20 calls per day over a four-day period, and then the next after that [are] three deaths, it’s really a very big concern for the entire community."

If you or anyone you know needs help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

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