Posted: 17 October, 2016
QLD Police & Ambos Await Tests On Mystery Zombie Drug
Substance causes 16 partygoers overdose on the Gold Coast
It's hoped toxicology results will shed light on a mystery hallucinogenic dubbed the 'zombie drug', that led to 16 people being hospitalised on the Gold Coast over the weekend.
Two people are in an induced coma, while police and paramedics who had to deal with the partygoers say their bizarre behaviour was "nothing like they've seen before".
The patients, eight each on two nights, were aggressive, non compliant and dangerous, the Queensland Ambulance Service said.
Some were jumping on furniture, others were running into traffic and one even ended up swimming in a canal.
It's believed the drug could be 'flakka', a designer drug that has exploded through the US, causing people to have wild hallucinations and become extremely aggressive.
Police Superintendent Michelle Stenner said it was a great drain on police and health resources.
"This is a massive community concern in terms of the fact that these persons are taking substances, they don't know what they are, they don't know what's in them and what the consequences might be," she said.
"As a result, everyone has to tend to their needs, which might be placing themselves in a dangerous situation."
Authorities rostered to work during this weekend's GC 600 and next month's Schoolies festivities will be briefed on how to respond to users of the drug.