News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Police warn against synthetic drugs

Police warn against synthetic drugs

Monday, 10 March 2014 - 4:26pm


Christchurch Police are warning people about the dangers of synthetic LSD-type drugs after four people were admitted to hospital on Saturday night

Police were called to a Woolston address around 9pm on Saturday to assist ambulance staff who were attending a party where several men were reported to have taken a synthetic LSD-type substance.

A number of the men were reported to be highly aggressive, agitated and uncontrolled. Four were taken to hospital, and had to be restrained and accompanied by Police while being transported.

Three have been discharged while one remains in hospital. Police inquiries are continuing and no charges have been laid in relation to the incident at this stage.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill says the weekend incident is one of the first cases to come to Police attention involving multiple people at one event being affected by NBOMe substances - a class of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs.

"We are definitely noticing the presence of these substances in Canterbury more frequently, and we are aware of other previous hospital admissions." he says.

"Although there have been relatively few adverse incidents, Police and Customs have made a number of seizures of these substances. Most of them have been purchased online through Silk Road or similar online sellers.

"The increasing activity is definitely of concern because of the risk to the health of those using synthetic drugs.

"Overseas research shows these drugs have been linked to a number of deaths, and the weekend incident here shows that the effects can be unpredictable and highly dangerous."

Detective Sergeant Hill says Police are working closely with Customs and other agencies nationwide to target users and distributors of the substances.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news