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Another festival death at Adelaide Stereosonic music event

Another festival death at Adelaide Stereosonic music event
December 6, 2015

A man has died from a suspected drug overdose at the Stereosonic music festival in Adelaide on Saturday (5th December).

The man was treated by paramedics and taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital during the late afternoon but later died.

Police said the initial investigation indicated the man had taken an illicit drug and had a number of pills in his possession.

Police also released a photo of two round pills emblazoned with a dollar sign, identifying them as the pills found in the deceased man's possession.

They warned other festival-goers that those pills may have been related to his death.

The event organisers posted a statement on their Facebook page confirming the death and warning festival-goers about the risks of illicit drugs.

The statement explained "Stereosonic is devastated to hear of another loss to drugs.

"We are imploring people to see the dangers of the situation, enjoy the day and please be safe."

Another man is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a medical episode at the festival.

Commenting on the incidents, South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services Executive Officer Michael White does not believe the electronic music culture can be held responsible for the recent drug overdoses.

White told the ABC "I don't think there's a culture problem with that type of music.

"I think most of our major cultural events are associated with alcohol or other drugs.

"If you've been to the Grand Prix, if you've been to the AFL, all of those events have an association. Some of them are with alcohol which has a much higher death rate."

The Adelaide death comes a week after 25-year-old Sylvia Choi died at the Sydney Stereosonic festival of another suspected overdose.

The event was held at Bonython Park in Adelaide's West Parklands.





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