One student remains in hospital after school overdose; six teens released

FRIDAY 5:30 PM | SIX of the seven Year 10 students who overdosed on drugs at their school on the Gold Coast earlier this week have now been released from hospital.

Gold Coast Health confirmed three more teenagers were discharged and sent home to be with their families on Friday afternoon.

Just one boy now remains in Gold Coast University Hospital and its believed his condition is slowly improving.


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Of the seven students who were rushed to hospital on Wednesday, four of them were in critical conditions, fighting for their lives.

FRIDAY 7:30 AM | FOUR young boys remain in hospital this morning after reportedly overdosing on a mystery drug at the prestigious Saint Stephen’s College on the Gold Coast.

Seven students – six boys aged 15 and one 14 – were rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital on Wednesday after falling severely ill at the Upper Coomera college around 12.48pm.

In a statement on Friday, Gold Coast Health confirmed three boys have since been discharged from hospital.

“Of the seven children transported to Gold Coast University Hospital, three have now been discharged and four remain in our care,” the statement reads.

The department confirmed the four boys are continuing to “steadily improve”, however said they could not provide their actual condition.

“At the request of the families involved, we are unable to provide specific condition updates on individual patients,” they said.

At a press conference on Thursday, Detective Senior Sergeant Brad Aubort revealed the students swallowed the mystery substance – which was in powdered form – in various doses over the course of several hours.

He said officers had managed to recover some of the “powdered drug” at the school, however were awaiting toxicology results in order to correctly identify the drug.

Australian Border Force are also investigating the incident, with reports the drug may have been purchased online over the “dark web”.

Anyone with information is being urged to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

THURSDAY 1:45 PM | FIVE young boys remain in hospital this afternoon after overdosing on drugs at the prestigious Saint Stephen’s College on the Gold Coast.

Seven students fell severely ill around lunchtime on Wednesday and needed urgent medical attention, triggering a fleet of ambulances to be dispatched to the college on Reserve Road around 12.48pm.

Paramedics arrived to find seven Year 10 students – six boys aged 15 and one 14 – suffering adverse affects and drifting in an out of consciousness after reportedly ingesting a mystery drug.

All seven boys were rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital – two have since been released.

Last night, at least four of the teens were still critical and fighting for their lives in the intensive care unit.

In a statement on Thursday, Gold Coast Health confirmed all five boys were “steadily improving”.

The department said – at the request of parents – it was unable to provide their actual condition.

Police today revealed the students swallowed the substance – which was in powdered form – in various doses over the course of several hours and started presenting symptoms during their lunch break.

Despite media reports, Detective Senior Sergeant Brad Aubort said there was “no confirmation” yet that the drug involved was Phenibut, but said police were aware of the reports and were investigating.

Phenibut is a central nervous system depressant which works as a relaxant and anti-anxiety drug.

First used in Russia in the 1960s, the drug was recently banned in Australia and is only approved for medical use in Russia, Ukraine and Latvia.

Police are awaiting toxicology results in order to correctly identify the drug.

Det Snr Sgt Aubort said officers had managed to recover some of the “powdered drug” at the school.

He said the investigation had so far been difficult as five of the seven boys are still in hospital, unable to talk but confirmed officers had managed to speak with at least one of the discharged patients.

“We have some evidence that a quantity was introduced to this group,” he said.

“We will follow through in terms of how much was ingested and obviously the barrier is some of the kids can’t speak right now.”

Det Snr Sgt Aubort pleaded for anyone with any information to come forward.

“We need to be sure we can account for all of the drug involved, by that, I mean the quantity,” he said.

“If there is any information out there from any person at all, any student or family who has any information at this stage, we would appreciate that information coming to us at Crimestoppers.”

Detectives from the Gold Coast Child Protection Investigation Unit are working alongside other agencies such as the Australian Border Force to determine exactly how the boys obtained the drugs.

Police yesterday revealed they were investigating whether or not the drugs were purchased online.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

THURSDAY 6:20 AM | POLICE have seized a number of mobile phones and established two crime scenes after seven teenage boys were rushed to hospital after reportedly overdosing on a mystery drug at a prestigious school on the Gold Coast.

Paramedics were called to Saint Stephen’s College on Reserve Road at Upper Coomera around 2.30pm on Wednesday.

They arrived to find seven Year 10 students, all boys aged 14 and 15, drifting in and out of consciousness.

The students were treated by paramedics at the school before being rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Overnight, four boys were in a critical condition, one was listed as “serious but stable” and two others were “stable”.

In a statement released on Thursday, Gold Coast Health said they were “continuing to treat six patients and they are all steadily improving.” One teen has since been discharged from the hospital.

“At the request of the families involved, we are unable to provide specific condition updates on individual patients,” the statement reads.

“Of the seven children transported to Gold Coast University Hospital yesterday, six remain in our care. They continue to receive the best possible care.”

Police are awaiting toxicology tests today in order to determine exactly which drug the boys ingested and where it came from.

“Toxicology tests have been requested by police as investigations continue into the source of the drugs believed to be involved,” they said in a statement.

Detectives from the Gold Coast Child Protection and Investigation Unit are also investigating.

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates issued a brief statement on the incident overnight, saying her “thoughts are with the families and college community at this difficult time.”

“Let’s hope they all make a full recovery … a very challenging time for Saint Stephen’s,” she said.

Students at the school will be offered counselling today.

WEDNESDAY 4:30 PM | FOUR teenage boys are fighting for their lives in hospital and a fifth is in a serious condition after overdosing on a mystery drug at a prestigious school on the Gold Coast.

Paramedics were called to Saint Stephen’s College on Reserve Road at Upper Coomera around 12.48pm.

They arrived to find seven Year 10 students, all boys aged 14 and 15, drifting in an out of consciousness after they reportedly swallowed a mystery drug.

All seven students were treated by paramedics at the school before being rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital where they remain this afternoon, in various states of consciousness.

Of the seven, four are in a critical condition, one is listed as “serious but stable” and two are “stable”.

Queensland Ambulance Service’s senior operations supervisor Patrick Berry updated the media a short time ago and said authorities were awaiting toxicology reports to correctly identify the drug involved.

“At this stage, we’re leaning towards overdose,” Mr Berry said.

“We are still trying to ascertain toxicology results of what is possibly a substance that they have ingested.

“These boys started to become very not aware of their surroundings, one was having trouble with his consciousness, others were feeling nauseous.”

It’s understood six of the seven students are 15-years-old, the seventh just 14.

Police are investigating whether the children purchased the mystery drug over the internet.

“We are making some inquiries as to whether or not they have actually purchased it off the internet themselves,” Inspector Tony Wormald said.

“There is that possibility but it is early days in the investigation.”

“It is a very sobering update really. It’s very serious.”

Inspector Wormald said a number of students were helping police with the investigation.

“There are several students that are actually helping us with the lines of inquiry we have got,” he said.

“The taking of illicit drugs seems to be very prevalent at the moment.”

Authorities hope to have the results of the toxicology tests within 24 hours.

Anyone with any information that could assist police with the investigation is urged to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

FIRST on WEDNESDAY at 2:30 PM | AT least three teenagers have been rushed to hospital, one of them in a serious condition, after allegedly ingesting a mystery substance at a school on the Gold Coast.

A fleet of ambulances was dispatched to Saint Stephen’s College at Upper Coomera around 12.50pm.

Paramedics arrived to find a number of students suffering adverse affects from an unknown substance.

Of those affected, three patients have so far been taken to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.

Two teenagers were transported in stable conditions, while the third was listed as being “serious”.

Police confirm they are aware of the situation but say they are unable to comment further at this time.

Paramedics are still trying to identify the mystery substance.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

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