Acid reaction puts 15-year-old on life support
POLICE are warning the public about a bad batch of the drug 'acid' (LSD), which appears to be circulating the Coffs Coast.
On Saturday at a birthday party in Boambee East a 15-year-old girl was hospitalised after taking an illicit drug she believed to be 'acid' and having a bad reaction.
The girl was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus in a critical condition and put on life support.
Police were not notified about the incident.
About 11pm the same night, police were called to another party in Toormina in relation to a violent 15-year-old boy who was suffering hallucinations after also consuming an 'acid' tab.
Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command became aware that it is likely more of the drug is circulating in the Toormina and Boambee area.
An investigation commenced today and an 18-year-old male was interviewed by detectives at a residence in Toormina.
As a result he was subsequently charged via Future Service Can for the offence of supply prohibited drug.
He is expected to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on April 29.
Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay urged caution to anyone thinking of consuming illicit drugs in the region.
"Taking any drug carries with it an unacceptable risk, but we would ask extra precaution to be taken in the area following these incidents," Det Insp Lindsay said.
"There is clearly more of this drug circulating in the community and anyone who consumes it carries with them the risk of permanent brain damage or death.
"These particular tabs are identifiable due to an imprint on the paper of recording artist Psy doing the 'gangnam style' dance."