Fans attending the Big Day Out concert on Friday at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium have been warned to stay away from a dangerous new party drug, say paramedics.
Not a lot was known about 2C-P but it was a mix of ecstasy and other drugs and had surfaced at a couple of Auckland concerts in the last two or three months, St John event regional events manager Charlotte Guscott said.
"It sounds like a bit of a charmer."
People would have to be stupid to put such an unknown and potentially dangerous mixture into their bodies, she said.
Symptoms could include headaches, vomiting, hallucinations and a lousy feeling.
"I hate to stereotype them, but people who tend to take drugs like that don't necessarily just stay with pills. They have a few beers and might have some pot as well so it ends up as a bit of a concoction of all sorts," she said.
The sun, heat, exhaustion, alcohol and drugs, all mixed together, "can make things a lot worse for a patient".
However, drug abuse at the concert was not as big as some people thought and last year only 25 of the 1500 people treated by paramedics were treated for drug abuse.
"It doesn't tend to feature high on the list of things that we treat."
The 12-hour concert would be the biggest summer event for St John, with 45,000 fans expected.
St John had stocked up on supplies and would have 150 doctors, nurses, paramedics and volunteers at the concert, Ms Guscott said.
The most popular items were expected to be vomit bags, paracetamol tablets, sticking plasters, bandages, wound irrigation solution and ice packs.
St John would set up a field hospital, two portable medical units and a series of first aid posts.
There would also be medically equipped golf carts, and Segways -- two-wheeled, self-balancing bikes -- and pedal-medic bikes to help paramedics move among the 45,000 fans.
Last year paramedics took 15 people to hospital in a moderate to serious condition for overdoses, chest pains, neck injuries and fractures. About 60 percent of St John workload last year was headaches and blisters.
Many of the blister patients were females who wore brand new shoes to the event.
St John also warned people to carry suitable clothing.
The concert began at the hottest part of the day and lasted into the night which could get very cold. Dressing to impress could be the wrong choice, Ms Guscott said.
Last updated 12:16 19/01/2011
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