One dead, three critical following mass drug overdose

ONE person has died and three others are fighting for their life in hospital this morning following a suspected mass drug overdose at a dance party in Sydney.

More than 18,000 people attended the ‘Knockout Games of Destiny Dance Party’ at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush on Saturday night.

Sadly, a 19-year-old man was rushed to Concord Hospital following a suspected drug overdose and died about 4.30 this morning, police said.


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Three other people – two women, aged 19 and 25, and a man – were also rushed to hospital after they too allegedly overdosed on drugs.

They all remain in critical conditions, fighting for their lives at Westmead Hospital.

An additional 13 partygoers were hospitalised, police said, while a further 130 people sought medical treatment at the event.

Of the 18,000 revellers who attended the festival, 62 were found in possession of drugs and 69 were served with ban notices.

One 18-year-old girl was allegedly found with 390 MDMA capsule. She’ll appear in Burwood Local Court next month, charged with supplying a prohibited drug.

A 25-year-old man spent the night in lock up after he was allegedly found with 145 capsules.

He is due to front Parramatta Bail Court today, charged with both drug possession and supply.

A further three people were also charged with drug supply offences and will appear in court at a later date.

South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said it was sad festival-goers continued to ignore the safety messages.

“Police and emergency services continue to send warning messages about illegal drugs, and many festival-goers are choosing to ignore them,” Assistant Commissioner Thurtell said.

“There is no acceptable use for drugs – the message is clear. We will continue to have a strong presence at festivals and dance parties with the wellbeing and safety of attendees our number one priority”.

Officers from Auburn Police Area Command are investigating the circumstances surrounding the 19-year-old man’s death and will prepare a report for the Coroner.

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