Victoria Park drug overdose: one still in hospital after backpackers took hyoscine

Victoria Park drug overdose: one still in hospital after backpackers took hyoscine

ONE man is still in Royal Perth Hospital after nine backpackers took the prescription drug hyoscine and overdosed at a Victoria Park house last Tuesday.

The nine people were rushed to hospitals around the metropolitan area after police and St John Ambulance officers were called to the Colombo Street property late on January 2.

One is still in hospital in a stable condition. The other eight have been released from hospital.

Testing by the ChemCentre revealed that hyoscine was the only identifiable drug detected in the samples tested from the Colombo Street property.

Police confirmed a search warrant was executed on January 3 and the inquiry was ongoing.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Gary Budge said the incident was a sobering reminder that people taking unknown substances, be they illicit or prescription drugs, were seriously risking their health and wellbeing.

“Had it not been for the early 000 call and medical intervention on Tuesday night, the consequences could have been much worse than they were,” he said.

Royal Perth Hospital emergency physician David McCutcheon said the people that came to the hospital were in a state of “agitated delirium” and were hallucinating.

“It was very lucky that there was someone on scene who could call an ambulance because otherwise their lives would have been put in danger,” he said.

“It appears the patients didn’t know where they were, they were rolling around their stretchers… they had dilated pupils, their hearts were racing and they were confused.”

Of the nine backpackers involved, five were French citizens, two were German citizens, one was Italian and the other Moroccan.

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