Sunday 2 October 2022 01:39 PM Music festival drug overdoses: 18 people treated at Knockout Outdoor, Listen Out trends now

Sunday 2 October 2022 01:39 PM Music festival drug overdoses: 18 people treated at Knockout Outdoor, Listen Out trends now
Sunday 2 October 2022 01:39 PM Music festival drug overdoses: 18 people treated at Knockout Outdoor, Listen Out trends now

Sunday 2 October 2022 01:39 PM Music festival drug overdoses: 18 people treated at Knockout Outdoor, Listen Out trends now

Horror start to Australia's party season with 18 drug overdoses at two music festivals over the weekend - with sniffer dogs and amnesty bins failing to deter revellers' dangerous behaviour Party season began with Knockout Outdoor and Listen Out on Saturday Festivals were held at Sydney Olympic Park and Centennial Park, respectively Eighteen people were hospitalised with suspected drug overdoses at the events Police arrested over 70 people for drug possession and four for drug supply

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A horror weekend has seen 18 people at two music festivals rushed to hospital after suffering drug overdoses, despite the introduction of amnesty bins and a heavy police presence with sniffer dogs.

Australia's party season kicked off with Knockout Outdoor at Sydney Olympic Park and Listen Out at Centennial Park on Saturday night - with tens of thousands of revellers turning out.

More than 70 people were arrested for drug possession and a further four for drug supply.

Fortunately no deaths have been reported. 

Eighteen people across both events were hospitalised with suspected drug overdoses and scores more were treated by medical staff (pictured, revellers at Listen Out)

Eighteen people across both events were hospitalised with suspected drug overdoses and scores more were treated by medical staff (pictured, revellers at Listen Out)

Australia's party season kicked off with Knockout Outdoor (pictured) and Listen Out festivals on Saturday night

Australia's party season kicked off with Knockout Outdoor (pictured) and Listen Out festivals on Saturday night

The arrests and hospitalisations come despite amnesty bins being set up at both events for revellers to discard drugs without the fear of being arrested.

The policy was introduced as a recommendation of a coronial inquest

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