Queensland Police has circulated shocking footage of two people affected by what has been colloquially named the “zombie” drug on the Gold Coast.
The drug, speculated by media to be alpha-PVP or “Flakka”, has been blamed for a spate of overdoses and hospitalisations on the Gold Coast in the lead-up to the busy Schoolies period.
Police have still not released toxicology reports taken from eight victims last weekend, but have expressed a concern that each of the users were affected by the same drug.
Watch the footage below (warning: graphic):
In the footage, an 18-year-old Gordonvale woman can be seen acting aggressively as police try to restrain her.
Police said the woman had to be sedated before she could be taken to hospital.
Next, a Surfers Paradise resident can be seen collapsing in the back seat of a car wearing just a pair of boxer shorts and one sock.
The man reportedly attacked his Uber driver, who then called police.
That incident occurred in the suburb of Mermaid Beach, where police were called to treat a number of overdoses at the weekend.
Police said the vision did not feature any of the eight overdose cases from the weekend, but highlighted the dangers of illicit drug use.
A representative from the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) stressed that police had not yet confirmed the identity of the drug behind the spate of overdoses, and warned against speculation that Flakka had entered Australia.
ADF national policy manager Geoff Munro said Flakka was “a relatively unknown drug in Australia”, but warned against ever ingesting illegal, synthetic drugs.