Toxicology results confirm ‘flakka’ not behind Gold Coast overdoses

TOXICOLOGY results have confirmed the mystery drug which landed 21 people in hospital suffering from severe hallucinogenic episodes on the Gold Coast was not flakka.

Twenty-one people had to be treated by paramedics over the weekend after suffering adverse reactions to an unidentified dangerous drug. One man remains on life-support.

It was initially thought flakka – known as the scariest drug in America – was behind the spike in hospital admissions, sparking fears the substance was being sold in Surfers Paradise.


However, toxicology results today confirmed the patients had in fact ingested a cocktail of MDMA and LSD type drugs.

“Toxicology results indicate that those tested ingested a cocktail of amphetamine-type substances (ATS) [including Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)], as well as a synthetic lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also known as ‘N bomb’,” police said in a statement.

“These tests found no trace of α-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone, known as ‘Flakka’.”

The Queensland Police Service is actively working with the State Crime Command and the Crime and Corruption Commission to detect, disrupt and dismantle drug supply operations on the Gold Coast.