Category Archives: Drug analysis and toxicology

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Hard-partying schoolies swap booze for drugs including ecstasy and pot in alarming new trend

Gold Coast Bulletin Shaya Laughlin, Lucy Kinbacher & Nicholas McElroy 24 November 2014

Pills (ecstasy) are reportedly the most common drug at Schoolies, as well as MDMA, ice, acid and weed.  One pill of ecstasy, also known as “dingas” or “pingas”, costs $20 to $30 on the street compared to about $50 for a carton of beer.

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Fears of bad ecstasy batch after four hospitalised in Sydney’s south

Brisbane Times Michael Koziol 22 November 2014

The three men and a woman who were hospitalised with suspected drug overdoses are believed to have taken an illicit drug, sold as ecstasy (MDMA), which was thought to have contained a hallucinogenic substance.

Police believe the four ingested the drug in the form of a small blue pill marked with a “scissors” logo, obtained at house parties and a licensed premise, all in the Cronulla area.

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Day three of Gold Coast Schoolies 2014

QPS News 24 November 2014

Overnight police arrested 26 schoolies on 30 offences with the majority of charges for public nuisance and street offence with seven schoolies arrested for drug offences.

Overnight there were 27 people arrested on 32 charges which were not schoolies related and were mainly for drug, public nuisance and good order offences along with 22 non-schoolies receiving liquor infringement notices.

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Drug charges, Surfers Paradise

QPS News 23 November 2014

Police have charged two 17-year-old women with drug-related offences after a search warrant was executed at a Surfers Paradise hotel overnight.

Just after midnight, police conducted a search of a hotel room on Orchid Avenue where it will be alleged they uncovered a quantity of ecstasy tablets.  Two Ipswich women have been charged with possessing a dangerous drug. One of the women was additionally charged with supplying a dangerous drug.

They are due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court at a later date.

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Drug charges: Surfers Paradise

QPS News 21 November 2014

Detectives from the Northern Crime Group executed a search warrant at a Surfers Paradise address this morning.  About 11.15am, police attended a unit on Laycock Street, where it will be alleged that they located a quantity of methamphetamine and drug utensils.

A 17-year-old Upper Coomera woman has been charged with one count of possession of a dangerous drug and two counts of possession of utensils.  She is scheduled to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on December 3.

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Drugs seized, Greenslopes

QPS News 21 November 2014

This morning, Dutton Park uniform police intercepted a vehicle in Greenslopes as part of a routine traffic intercept.  Subsequently, they located a large quantity of ecstasy tablets.

A 29-year-old man has been charged with possess dangerous drugs and is scheduled to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.  Police would like to remind the community that there is a zero tolerance for illegal drugs in our community, especially with Schoolies  celebrations starting today.

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Medical marijuana: effects on epilepsy need to be tested, expert tells Brisbane symposium

ABC News Matt Eaton 20 November 2014

Testing marijuana’s effectiveness as an epilepsy treatment will be no easy accomplishment, a Brisbane symposium has heard.
But Griffith University neurologist and researcher Professor Roy Beran told the Queensland Epilepsy Symposium on Thursday tests were essential because there was no other effective treatment for some epileptic syndromes.

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