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Two dead, 13 ill after taking drug at Waterford party

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  1. Lunar Loops
    This from Breakingnews.ie:

    Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    Two men remain critically ill in hospital this morning after they consumed an unknown drug at a house party in Waterford early yesterday.

    A total of 15 people fell ill after the 21st birthday party in the Ballybeg Square area.

    Three people were initially in a critical condition, but one improved during the day and was said to be stable last night.

    Gardaí are awaiting the results of toxicology tests on a white substance recovered from the house.

    A 25-year-old man was arrested yesterday in connection with the incident and is still in garda custody this morning.

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  1. Coconut
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    I heard this on the radio yesterday. Not sure what to think of it other than I hope they recover.
  2. Lunar Loops
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    Curioser and curioser. This from The Belfast Telegraph:

    Two men still in coma after Waterford house party

    Tuesday, November 27, 2007

    Two young men remain in a coma today after the house party in Waterford over the weekend that led to 15 people needing medical treatment.
    The 21-year-old and 23-year-old fell ill at the party in the Ballybeg estate in the early hours of Sunday morning.
    Gardai recovered a white powder from the house and sent it for technical analysis.
    They have not revealed what drug it was, but say it was not toxic and did not contain the horse tranquiliser ketamine, which is frequently used as a recreational drug.
    A 25-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident is still being held by Gardai in Waterford this morning.
  3. tinytom
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    hope they come round.
  4. AntiAimer
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    Gotta love Prohibition, thanks for the Harm Reduction. Doing a great job.
  5. enquirewithin
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    LOL! Now we know!If it wasn't toxic, why are the men in a coma?
  6. Metomni
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    Touche, good sir. :p
  7. Paracelsus
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    Likely some dubious research chemical. Mentioning the substance could've drawn attention to the drug.
  8. Lunar Loops
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    The current "news" appears to be that they are suggesting, and this is a quote, that the revellers "ate some damp cocaine".

    There are a lot of conflicting stories around this at the moment (some even in the same article), but the press have somehow latched onto the story that it was purely a cocaine overdose and that no other contaminants were involved. At the same time, the police are also banging home the message that you don't know what you are getting when you buy illegal drugs (of course regulation would never seem like an answer to those in power).

    It has also been stated that the police have not yet revealed what the substance was. One man is due to appear in court today (see article below).

    Whatever about the details of the story our thoughts should be with those who are still in hospital and their families.

    Anyway, this from RTE News website:

    Man in court after Waterford party

    Wednesday, 28 November 2007 10:47

    A 25-year-old man is due to appear at Waterford District Court on drugs charges following a party in the city on Saturday night.
    Another 19-year-old man was arrested yesterday in Waterford city in relation to the same incident.
    He is currently being detained at Waterford Garda Station.
    A total of 15 people were treated in hospital following the party in a house in the Ballybeg estate.
    Two of these, 23-year-old John Grey and 21-year-old Kevin Doyle, remain in a critical condition in hospital as a result.
    So far there has been no improvement in their conditions.
    It is believed they became ill after eating damp cocaine at the house party.
  9. Lunar Loops
    Man loses fight for life after taking lethal drug cocktail

    This is incredibly sad and you have to feel for the family and friends of the young man who died and the other who is still seriously ill. This article from The Irish Independent at least seems to be more rational than much of what has been said in the media. There seems to be a certain amount of secrecy surrounding the toxicology tests in this case and SWIS is not entirely sure why. Many in the media have made much of the fact that the whole episode was down to the party-goers "eating damp cocaine" and that nothing else was involved and that there were no toxic additives in the cocaine (the message thus being that simply by taking pure cocaine you are playing russian roulette with your life). This article seems to suggest differnent.

    What ever about the why's and the wherefore's, this is a senseless tragedy and a terrible waste of a young man's life.

    Man loses fight for life after taking lethal drug cocktail

    By Ralph Riegel and Dara de Faoite
    Wednesday December 05 2007



    The heartbroken family of young man who lost his 10-day battle for life after ingesting a lethal drugs cocktail last night pleaded with young people tempted by drugs to say "no".

    The emotional appeal came as Kevin Doyle (21) died at Waterford Regional Hospital where he had been on a life-support machine since falling into a coma at a house party in the city 10 days ago.
    Mr Doyle had been in a coma since the party on November 24 -- and had showed no sign of recovery despite desperate repeated efforts by surgeons.
    The Doyle family said last night: "We sincerely hope that no family has to suffer the pain and anguish that we are going through."
    Mr Doyle, an electronics student at Waterford Institute of Technology, died at lunchtime yesterday with his family gathered around his hospital bedside.
    It was feared that, having ingested the drugs which included cocaine, Mr Doyle's brain was starved of oxygen for up to 45 minutes.
    Poignantly, he died just a month after being given the all-clear following a courageous battle against cancer.
    Critical
    A second young man, John Grey (23), remains in a critical condition at the same hospital.
    A total of 14 people fell ill with nausea, seizures and fainting fits after attending a 21st birthday party in a house on a Waterford housing estate.
    Gardai are still investigating the circumstances of what happened but toxicology tests have indicated that cocaine was present at the party. Tests have so far indicated that at least one substance was mixed into the cocaine -- though Garda sources have vehemently denied that this was a form of equine sedative.
    Last night, the Doyle family said that their lives have been destroyed by the needless death of a talented and generous young man.
    "We are totally devastated by his tragic death. He was a dearly loved son, brother and grandson and he will be sorely missed," a family statement said.
    "Kevin will always have a special place in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers -- not only because of his untimely death but also because of the heroic manner in which he overcame cancer."
    The young man had shown the same courage in fighting for his life after the lethal drugs cocktail -- but without success.
    "Kevin had a wonderful life before him. Because of his battle with illness, it was only now that he had the opportunity to show his true potential and to deliver on his undoubted ability," his family said.
    "We sincerely hope that no family has to suffer the pain and anguish that we are going through.
    "We would earnestly ask all those -- both young and old -- who may be tempted to dabble in potentially lethal substances to simply say 'no'."
    The Doyles also remembered the plight of the Grey family as they now maintain a vigil at their son's hospital bedside.
    "Our thoughts are with the family of John Grey at this time," the Doyles said.
    Supportive
    "We thank all those who have been so supportive of us at this terrible time. We are especially grateful to the gardai, the ambulance service and the staff at Waterford Regional Hospital. Our thanks also to the media who have been understanding of our grief."
    The family stressed that they would be making no further comment as they organised Kevin's funeral arrangements.
    "We would ask them (the media) to continue to respect our privacy as we try to come to terms with our loss," they added.
    The death has deeply affected Mr Doyle's mother, Breda, who had dropped him into Waterford city centre that Saturday night -- and had no idea he was going to attend a house party.
    She had joked with her son about not making noise when he returned home -- only to learn at 5am that he had fallen ill at a party and was in a coma.
    He never emerged from the coma before his death at lunchtime yesterday.
    Details of his funeral arrangements will be confirmed today.
    The death was greeted with horror in Waterford last night with politicians expressing deep concern at Ireland's worsening drugs problem.
    There will be a full postmortem examination today.
  10. D.U.M.B
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    This and the Katy French incident (Katy French is an irish "model" currently fighting for her life) is going to give all those anti-drug newspapers all the fuel they need. I'd expect a lot of bad press for all drugs after this
  11. enquirewithin
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    It's a sad story, but resorting to 'just say no' platitudes won't help. Surely the public needs to know what happened?

    Horses will be happy to know that "Garda sources have vehemently denied that this was a form of equine sedative," as might fans of Vitamin K.
  12. Zentaurus41
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    Its the drug laws that killed him, I bet there was something nasty mixed with the coke.
    But thats what you get without regullation.
  13. D.U.M.B
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    How can you blame the drug laws. If he had said no to the drugs he would be still alive, drugs are a risk and you have a choice to take them or not
  14. FrankenChrist
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    I wonder if there's atropine in the Irish coke. This has happened in the Netherlands.
  15. Lunar Loops
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    This is where the confusion runs rife in this case. The police have been VERY secretive about the results of the toxicology tests, but have insisted that the coke did not contain any "toxic" substances. Take from that what you will, but many commentators have taken that as meaning that it was cocaine alone that caused the problems. Now there are other reports suggesting there was a 'cocktail' of drugs involved.
  16. Nature Boy
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    The way I see it, news report after news report of horror stories involving cocaine won't make a shred of difference. It's about as illegal a drug as you can get and that won't be changing any time soon. The government won't do anything but sit back and watch people drop like flies because of their stubborn, linear drugs policy.
  17. Zentaurus41
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    If drugs where properly regulated they would be of a higher quality and known does. They wouldn't be any kind of adulterants mixed in it and so the drugs would be a lot safer than they are at the moment.

    I believe during prohibition many people where dieing because various gangs either incorrectly made alcohol or mixed it with methanol.

    If drugs where properly regulated then toes people may be alive today.

    But I still think the cocaine was contaminated simply because so many people had ill effects.
  18. D.U.M.B
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    If cocaine was readily available wouldn't more people have their hands on it and well I doubt the number of deaths from cocaine would fall (a rise is more likely). Plus dealers would still exist they'd just have to offer it cheaper and it would be even worse cocaine quality wise
  19. Zentaurus41
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    I dont think they would be any more dealers, who is gona buy an unknow powder of unknow quality and potencey when the goverment supply would be much cleaner, just as cheap and safer.
  20. D.U.M.B
    Re: Two critically ill after taking drug at Waterford party

    If the government did introduce available cocaine you can bet it would be a lot more expensive then the prices you can get on the street. Afterall it would probably be highly taxed
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