One dead, two hospitalised after music festival near Gosford, NSW

22 Y.O. Man Dies After Taking “Unknown Substance” At Music Festival In NSW

An urgent text message has been sent out to festival-goers, warning them of deadly new drug now in circulation, following a suspected overdose at a NSW festival over the weekend.

A 22-year-old Queensland man was taken to Gosford Hospital on Saturday night after attending the Lost Paradise Music Festival at Glenworth Valley and died a short time later.

Four others were taken to hospital after ingesting an "unknown" substance at the music festival, which advertises itself as a "drug free event".

As reported by ABC, a man and a woman were also sent to hospital after taking a substance but they remain in a stable condition.

The organisers of a third event, Falls Festival, on Sunday afternoon issued a warning to attendees regarding a "dangerous orange pill" now in circulation across Australia.

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said recent overdoses and reports of a "dangerous" orange pill' by the New Year's festival organisers once again showed the need for a different approach.

'Regardless of pill variation, we want to remind everyone of the potentially fatal risks that come with illicit substances.

Falls Festival runs at Marion Bay in Tasmania, Byron Bay in NSW and Lorne on Victoria's Surf Coast.

Early on Sunday morning, paramedics were called to the same festival to treat another man in his 20s for a drug overdose.

In September, the Berejiklian government appointed an expert panel to deliver recommendations following the deaths of two young people at Defqon music festival.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said pill testing was "practical, sensible" and in a similar category to safe injection rooms.

The NSW government announced new licensing regulations for music festivals to help combat the issue, but they won't be in place until after summer.

Over 11,000 people have flocked to Lost Paradise festival since it kicked off on Friday, the festival will end on New Years Day.

Brisbane Water Police District Commander Acting Superintendent Rod Peet said the planning in the months leading up to Lost Paradise was meticulous.

Police said attendees had made "sophisticated" attempts to carry drugs, such as stuffing them inside a barbecued chicken and jars of Vegemite.

Fifty people at the festival were charged with drug possession.

184 people and 97 vehicles have been searched during the police drug dog operation at the festival, resulting in 3 drug supply offences, seven cannabis cautions and 50 Field Court Attendance Notices.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Premier extended sympathies to the 22-year-old man's family, and recommitted her government's opposition to pill-testing.



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