October 28, 2021

Drug overdoses, arrests plague Ultra Australia

The final day of Ultra Music Festival Australia was marred by several arrests, and several people transported to hospital for drug overdoses.

Multiple media outlets in Sydney report that 45 people were charged for drug-related offenses; most for possession of MDMA, although one individual had cocaine on them when they were arrested.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation says 13 people were taken to hospital from Ultra Australia. Five of them were listed in critical condition. According to a New South Wales Ministry of Health spokesperson, “drugs are likely to have been a factor in all five of these cases.”

20,000 people are said to have attended Ultra Australia, February 24.

The electronic music festival notified patrons that a zero-tolerance policy would be enforced on anyone selling or using drugs.

“If you observe any attendee using, selling, distributing and/or in the possession of any illegal or illicit drugs and/or substances, immediately notify a police officer, security guard or Ultra Australia staff,” a statement on the Ultra Facebook page read.

“The possession, sale, distribution and/or use of any illegal or illicit drugs during the event violates Ultra’s zero-tolerance drug policy and will not be tolerated. If you are found in possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia before or during the event, you will be denied entry or ejected from the venue.”

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