Students Involved In 'Suspected Drug Overdose' At School Took The Substance Over The Course Of The Day

Varying doses


22 February 2018

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Police have held a press conference this afternoon regarding the students who overdosed at a Gold Coast high school yesterday afternoon.

The group of teenage boys from Saint Stephen's College at Upper Coomera includes six boys aged 15 and one boy aged 14, who are alleged to have filmed themselves taking an unknown substance which resulted in them being rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Six of the seven students are currently still hospitalised.

Four of the boys are believed to be fighting for their lives in a critical condition.

Police have labelled this as a "suspected drug overdose" by a group of young people, with investigations underway by police.

Crime scenes have been established at the school, and the drug involved is yet to be identified.

"The reality is that any illicit drug is dangerous," Senior Sergeant Greg Auburt said.

Police have confirmed that they have an understanding of the events leading up to the incident at lunchtime, which saw students rushed to hospital.

"Over the course of the morning, by all accounts over several hours [the drug was taken]. There were several doses taken," he said.

"Everything from a taste to a significant amount, which is clearly dangerous.

"Seven different individuals took different doses individually."

However, while the quantity has been ascertained, there are still tests being done about the type of drug involved.

Police have appealed for anyone with information about this to come forward.

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