Two teens arrested over near-lethal drug trips
A BAD batch of drugs that almost proved fatal for at least one teenager on the Coffs Coast at the weekend has led to the arrests of two teenagers on drug supply charges.
The acid trip that left a 15-year-old girl seriously ill in hospital after a party at a Boambee East residence has been found to be 16 times the potency of normal LSD.
Dubbed Gangnam-style acid and imprinted with an image of Korean internet sensation Psy, the acid trips are alarmingly being sold online for just a few dollars.
In a call every parent with teenage children must dread, the 15-year-old's family was told on Saturday night she was in a critical condition after she experienced a severe reaction to the drug.
Reportedly placed on life support that night, the girl remained in hospital until Monday afternoon when she was discharged, a NSW Health spokeswoman said.
A teenage boy, who also used the drug at another party at Toormina, was just as lucky.
He had to be restrained after suffering violent hallucinations on Saturday about 11pm.
Six other partygoers in Sydney were also treated after taking bad acid trips at a party on Balmoral Beach on Friday night.
Police are extremely concerned the drugs are circulating on the Coffs Coast.
"This bad batch of drugs is particularly strong," Coffs Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said.
"Taking any drugs carries with it unacceptable risks, but we would ask for extra precaution to be taken in the area following these incidents.
"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."
Police investigating the incident questioned a teenager, 18, at Toormina and charged him with drug supply.
A youth was today charged with six counts of drug supply after he presented at the Coffs Harbour Police Station following widespread media exposure over the LSD tabs.
The 17-year-old will appear before the Children's Court while the 18-year-old will front the Local Court on April 29.