Tragedy has struck once again over the weekend with the suspected overdose death of a young patron.
Sylvia Choi, a 25-year-old qualified pharmacist from Oyster Bay in Sydney’s southern suburbs, fell ill during the festival at Olympic Park on Saturday and was rushed to Concord Hospital, where she later died.
With an increased police presence at this years event with some 400 officers deployed to Homebush a total of 69 people were charged with drug offences, seven of which were charged with supply.
At the same event last year, 221 attendees were charged – although 81,000 had attended, compared with closer to 48, 000 this year.
On top of this Paramedics treated more than 120 people affected by drugs, nine of them taken to hospital.
The latest tragedy marks the fifth overdose death in NSW within the last 12 months after deaths at Dragon Dreaming, DEFQON, A State Of Trance, and last years Harbour Life festival.
Is enough been done to combat this alarming trend ? Or are authorities approaching the problem incorrectly. Rapper Illy offered up his two cents following the latest death.
In refreshing news forward thinking Bush Doof Strawberry Fields offered drug testing kits within the festival (for a price) allowing punters to test their goods before use.
Whilst the discussion on pill testing has been floating around for a while and has been put into use in places such as Amsterdam it’s yet to be endorsed by authorities.