Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Plea after 'senseless' Sydney rave death

Plea after 'senseless' Sydney rave death

Ms Douglas shared a video of the pair dancing at the Knockout Games of Destiny festival, and wrote her friend Callum had a "heart of gold".

A teenager died early on Sunday after a suspected drug overdose at a Sydney dance festival where more than a dozen people were taken to hospital and another 130 sought medical assistance, the police said.

A 19-year-old man has died of a suspected overdose and three others remain in critical condition following the Knockout Games Of Destiny Dance Party, a Harder Styles event held yesterday at Sydney's Olympic Park.

Police spoke with a 25-year-old man, who was allegedly found with 145 MDMA capsules in his possession.

Organisers holding music festivals over the summer are being encouraged to work closely with Liquor & Gaming, local councils, NSW Police and NSW Health "to reduce the risks of drug-related casualties at festivals".

The grandmother of a teenage man who died of a suspected overdose after attending a rave has lashed out at those who supplied her loved one with drugs, calling them "worse than terrorists".

"An 18-year-old girl was allegedly found with 390 MDMA capsules".

"There is no such thing as a safe drug and unfortunately when young people think there is, it has tragic consequences".

But the weekend's overdoses haven't changed the Premier's mind about the introduction of pill testing across NSW.

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Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said that police will continue to try and stop the use of drugs at festivals.

Police said 62 people were found in possession on drugs.

"It is a human tragedy", the NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, told the Nine Network on Monday.

Despite extensive searches and bans on 69 individuals, festival goers inevitably partook in drug activity.

"If we thought it would work we would consider it but unfortunately you can not say a pill is safe for every person, every single person's physical attributes are different", Ms Berejiklian said today.

"Of course we want young people to have fun but don't take an illegal substance, it can kill you", the NSW Premier told reporters in Sydney. "We will continue to have a strong presence at festivals and dance parties with the wellbeing and safety of attendees our number one priority".

One recommendation the government recently implemented was an increase of the maximum penalty for drug suppliers to 20 years imprisonment.

"Anyone who advocates pill-testing is giving the green light to drugs", Gladys Berejiklian explained at the time.

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