Students fight for life after suspected drug overdose at Gold Coast school

UPDATE at 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.


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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.

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FIRST 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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