The faces of the drugs crisis of the Australian music festival – as the question of testing pills intensifies
The death of drug addicts from another young adult at an Australian music festival on Saturday has intensified the call to legalize pill tests.
The 19-year-old woman, Alex Ross-King, attended the FOMO music festival on Saturday, along with 11,000 glittering party-goers in western Sydney.
But a nice day out ended in a tragedy when the woman was brought to Westmead Hospital at eight o'clock, where she later died of a suspected overdose.
Her sudden death brings the number of fatal overdoses to six – five in NSW and one in Victoria – in the last four months.
Australia is in the midst of a drug crisis at a music festival while another young adult dies at a music event of a suspected overdose
Death brings the number of such fatalities to six in just six months – as advocates for pill-testing intensifies
The 19-year-old woman, Alex Ross-King, attended the FOMO music festival on Saturday night, along with 11,000 glittering party-goers in western Sydney.
The FOMO music festival was held amid a more thorough investigation into drug taking and a renewed debate about testing pills at music festivals throughout the country.
A few weeks earlier, on Saturday, December 29, student student Callum Edwards (20) fell seriously ill at the music festival Beyond The Valley in Lardner, about 100 kilometers east of Melbourne in Victoria.
He was flown to the hospital where he died three days later of a suspected overdose.
His family refuted this later when there were reports that Edwards died with tiger snake venom in his blood.
Only a few weeks earlier, on Saturday, December 29, politics and history student Callum Edwards, 20, (photo) fell critically ill at the music festival Beyond The Valley
The same weekend Josh Tam, 22 (photo) died after taking an unknown dust at the Lost Paradise festival in Gosford, New South Wales
Edward's death followed two other party-goers at the same festival that was rushed to the hospital with suspected overdoses.
A man in his twenties was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition by an air ambulance, but was later upgraded to stable and discharged.
Another man, also in his twenties, was taken to the Dandenong hospital in a critical condition.
The same weekend Josh Tam died, 22, after he had taken an unknown substance at the Lost Paradise festival in Gosford, New South Wales.
Tam, from Toowong in Brisbane, was rushed to hospital in Gosford on Saturday, December 29 at 8:00 pm, and died shortly after arrival.
Tam, (photo) of Toowong in Brisbane, was rushed to the hospital in Gosford on Saturday December 29 at 8 pm and died shortly after arrival
Earlier in December, the 19-year-old Callum Brosnan, (pictured) from Baulkham Hills, was found in a distressed state & # 39; at the Knockout Games of Destiny Dance Party
Festival organizers took after the incident on their social media account to warn of a dangerous orange pill & # 39; in circulation in Australia.
The organizers of the festival also warned: "We want to remind everyone of the potentially fatal risks associated with illegal drugs, you do not know what is in it, how your body will react, there is no safe consumption level. 39;
& # 39; One pill can kill. & # 39;
Earlier in December, the 19-year-old Callum Brosnan, from Baulkham Hills, was found in a distressed state & # 39; at the Knockout Games or Destiny Dance Party at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush, Sydney.
He was admitted to the Concord Hospital on Sunday, December 9, just before 1.30 am, with a suspected overdose, and died barely three hours later.
Nursing student Tina Thanh Truc Phan, 18, later admitted she was trying to smuggle 390 ecstasy pills to the Knockout Games of Destiny festival.
The dead of revelers Joseph Phan, 23, and Diana Nguyen, 21, in Defqon. 1. music festival on 15 September shocked the country and cast doubt on the future of the popular Sydney festival.
The double deaths were for NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian reason to ban the event (photo: Joseph Phan, left, Diana Nguyen, right)
Their death led the NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian to ask for a ban on the event and said: "I never want to see that this event is ever held in Sydney or New South Wales – we'll have everything to prevent this from happening. & # 39;
The recent wave of fatalities prompted Australia's biggest music festivals to write an open letter calling on governmental and territorial governments to allow pest testing trials at events to prevent more deaths.
The New South Wales government has previously rejected pill tests, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian indicated earlier this month that it would consider it if the government would see evidence that it could save lives.
Some advocacy groups also recommend that young party goers use DIY drug test kits before they consume the illicit substances.
Six deaths in six months: the drug crisis in the Australian music festival
January 12, 2019: An unidentified woman is rushed to the hospital after attending the FOMO electronic music festival in Sydney, where she later dies of a suspected overdose
December 29, 2018: University student Callum Edwards, 20, is seriously ill at the Beyond the Valley music festival in Lardner, VIC, and is flown to the hospital where he dies three days later. His family denied that it was an overdose of drugs when reports emerged. Edwards died with snake venom in his blood
December 29, 2018: Joshua Tam, 22, died after taking an unknown substance at the Lost Paradise music festival
December 8, 2018: The 19-year-old Callum Brosnan was found in a distressed state & # 39; at the Knockout Games of Destiny Dance Party at Homebush, Sydney. He was admitted to the hospital and died three hours later from a suspected overdose
September 15, 2018: Joseph Phan, 23, and Diana Nguyen, 21 are deceased at the popular Defqon. 1 festival in Sydney, where more than 700 other partygoers sought medical help