Posted: 18 October, 2016 by @clairesherwood_

Zombie Drug Overdoses Spark Calls For Pill Testers At Nightclubs

A drug research group is leading a controversial call to provide facilities that enable users to know what is in the illicit substances they are able to take.

Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies chief executive officer Rebecca Macbean said it would be a way of preventing a wave of overdoses, as was seen on the Gold Coast on the weekend.

16 people were hospitalised and one is fighting for life after they suffered extreme reactions to what's being dubbed the "zombie" drug or flakka

Ms Macbean said drug-testing facilities at nightclubs overseas had led to a reduction in overdoses.

"Where people are told the substance they thought they had bought is something else they would throw it away rather than take it," she said.

"The other side of it is has been shown to positively impact the illicit drugs market in that the more dangerous substances are removed from the market."

"Once people know what they are, no-one wants to buy it."

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