BAD BATCH: A bad batch of MDMA (better known as ecstasy) is being investigated by police.
BAD BATCH: A bad batch of MDMA (better known as ecstasy) is being investigated by police.

Two men recovering after taking suspected bad batch of MDMA

LATEST:  A SUNSHINE Coast Hospital and Health Service spokeswoman has confirmed that one of the two men admitted to hospital after taking a suspected bad batch of MDMA has been released.

She said the second of the pair remained in hospital but had been removed from intensive care and was currently in a stable condition.

A police media spokesman said police were still making inquiries into the Coolum party where the 19 and 20-year-old took the illicit drugs.

He said they currently couldn't provide a description of the drugs or where they had come from.

UPDATE 10AM: INITIAL investigations into the drug-related death of a 32-year-old woman on the Coast over the weekend have shown her death does not appear to be suspicious at this stage.

A Police Media spokesman on Monday afternoon said preliminary investigations had thus far shown no apparent links to the woman's death and the hospitalisation of two men who were suspected to have taken MDMA at a party in Coolum Beach.

A 19-year-old and 20-year-old were both hospitalised after the party on Friday night and were believed to still be in the intensive care unit earlier Monday.

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It was earlier reported three people had been placed in intensive care, however the Daily understands it was only two men placed in intensive care, with one discharged Monday while the other remained in the ICU.

The woman's death and the hospitalisation of the two men sparked warnings from both the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and local police, who asked anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone experiencing issues arising from this story can contact Lifeline on 131 114 or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636. In an emergency situation dial 000.

UPDATE 4.15pm: SUNSHINE Coast detectives have called on recreational drug users to reflect and be aware that drugs sources on the streets carry significant risks.

They confirmed they were still exploring all avenues after the weekend's incidents which left one person dead and three in intensive care after a suspected bad batch of MDMA.

"These drugs in general are a concern," one Sunshine Coast CIB detective said this afternoon.

"It's a bit of a time (for casual or recreational drug users) to reflect and be aware (of the dangers)."

If anyone has any information about the incidents, which saw people hospitalised in Nambour, Caloundra and Redcliffe after incidents on Friday and Sunday, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

UPDATE: DETECTIVES are looking into the weekend's drug-related incidents which left one dead and three remaining in the intensive care unit.

They've asked anyone with any information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



RECREATIONAL drug users on the Coast have been warned of a bad batch of what's believed to be MDMA which left one person dead, three hospitalised and two requiring treatment over the weekend.

The Daily understands two separate incidents on Friday and Sunday saw six people taken to hospital requiring treatment.

The patients were taken to Nambour, Caloundra and Redcliffe hospitals.

Sadly, one of the six died on the Coast as a result, while three others remain in the intensive care unit.

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Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service clinical director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Team Dr Don Spencer gave a general warning about the use of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, in light of the weekend's incidents.

He also outlined some of the common effects taking such drugs had:

-Moderate use: become more active, heightened sensations

-Heavier use: pulse rate quickens further, blood pressure rises, sweating increases and you can become dehydrated and at risk of heat stroke, heightened blood pressure can affect organs

-Risks: drinking too much water to stay hydrated can reduce body's sodium levels to critical levels and cause drug user to enter into a coma

"It's very hard to imagine the tablets around are all manufactured well," Dr Spencer said.

"You don't tend to see this very frequently and it indicates there probably is a bad batch around.

"It is a gamble... you may not know how your body is going to react to it."

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He said one of the main issues was that there were now so many new psychoactive substances on the streets and it was often near-impossible to know exactly what was going into certain drugs.

"A lot of MDMA tablets have absolutely no MDMA in them at all," Dr Spencer said.

He said the other problem, aside from not knowing what is in the drugs, is dosage.

"Any drug, it really depends very much on your size, weight, health and any other medical conditions, and your ability to metabolise these drugs," Dr Spencer said.


On the right, a traditional batch of ecstasy pills.
On the right, a traditional batch of ecstasy pills. eliza wheeler

"Of course you don't know in advance your own genetic structure."

He said the safest approach, other than not taking drugs, was to use drugs that had been tested, or to take them in moderation and test the effects in small doses first, to avoid some of the potentially fatal consequences.

Dr Spencer said it was difficult to tell exactly what drugs those affected on the weekend had taken without blood testing, but suspected there would have been more than just high doses of MDMA in any pills or tablets ingested.

We'll keep you updated as more details come.

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