Teen critical, dozens of drug arrests at Stereosonic festival in Melbourne

Police used sniffer dogs as partygoers arrived at the Stereosonic festival in Melbourne. Photo: Craig SillitoeA teen remains in a critical condition after attending the Stereosonic festival in Melbourne as police arrested nearly 70 partygoers for drug offences.

Six other people are suspected of overdosing on drugs at the festival held at the Flemington Showgrounds on Saturday, while a man died at a similar event in Adelaide – the second fatality linked to the popular dance event in the past week.

The latest death comes as Victoria is set to review the use of sniffer dogs and if drug-testing should be offered at events during the summer music festival season.

At the Melbourne event, a man in his late teens was taken to the Western Hospital, where he arrived in a critical condition, an Ambulance Victoria spokesman said.

Officers used drug sniffer dogs as thousands arrived at the event in Flemington, with 66 people arrested over a range of drug offences.

Only two were charged and bailed while two others are expected to be charged later on summons.

Most of those caught had taken ecstasy, although police also found amphetamines, cocaine and cannabis, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

Despite seven suspected overdoses, paramedics praised the large crowd that attended the Melbourne event.

“Most people heeded warnings about the risks of taking drugs, behaved responsibly and looked after their mates,” Ambulance Victoria State Health Commander Paul Holman said in a statement.

Stereosonic finishes its run on Sunday with an event in Brisbane.

Festival organisers said they were “devastated to hear of another loss to drugs” in a statement published on its Facebook page.

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