Forrestdale bushfire downgraded to Watch and Act
The fire started near the intersection of Nicholson Road and Rowley Road in Oakford and by 4.15pm was moving out of control in a north easterly direction. Department of Fire and Emergency Services warned there was a threat to lives and homes and residents needed to act immediately to survive. The warning was upgraded to emergency just before 5pm but was downgraded to a watch and act before 7pm. The warning was issued for people in an area bounded by Armadale Road, Tonkin Highway, Oxley Road, Commercial Road and Weld Street in parts of Forrestdale.
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 .
Overdose deaths in Montgomery County, anchored by Dayton, have plunged this year, after a stretch so bad that the coroner’ s office kept running out of Dayton, a hollowed- out manufacturing center at the juncture of two major interstates, had one of the highest opioid overdose death rates in the nation
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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.
Cullacabardee fire downgraded after threatening homes in Perth Aboriginal community
Authorities downgrade a warning for a bushfire that came close to homes in the small Aboriginal community of Cullacabardee in Perth's north-east.An emergency warning was declared this evening after a fire began in scrubland near the community, about 22 kilometres north-east of Perth's CBD.
Last year, deaths fell slightly there . According to the C.D.C. estimates, overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids rose sharply, while deaths from heroin There are reasons for optimism that the recent increases in overdose deaths will not continue. The monthly C.D.C. numbers suggest that
Police in Perth suspect a high strength batch of heroin could be circulating throughout the city after two more people died of overdoses . Nine backpackers in hospital after suspected mass drug overdose in . Three dead after overdosing on ' bad batch ' of ecstasy in Melbourne, court told.
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.
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.
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.
The authorities there say they are still not sure what was in a batch of synthetic marijuana known as K2. DAVIS DUNAVIN, BYLINE: The overdoses started late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in By Wednesday morning, police were dealing with as many as nine overdose cases in one hour.
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.”
Authorities issue warnings after three 'party drug overdose deaths' in 24 hours
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. © 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.
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."
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Eighty charged in Sydney cocaine crackdown .
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