Two persons, a man and a woman, have died of a suspected overdose at a music festival near Warwick, southwest of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
The bodies of a 24-year-old Maleny man and a 22-year-old Nambour woman were found in a tent. Festival organisers issued a statement on Facebook expressing their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. The four-day camping festival, described on its website as a chance to "dissolve the social barriers and dance together" is held at the Cherrabah Resort. It was described at the official website as a place of "freedom, love and dance music" with yoga, meditation, dance classes, permaculture, "informative drug discussions" and healing.
The Rabbits Eat Lettuce music festival was now in its 11th year. "We work together with authorities to ensure that the environment we provide is as safe as possible,” the organisers said. Warwick detectives were at the scene and investigating the circumstances of the deaths. “While investigations are continuing to determine the cause of death. There are no suspicious circumstances at this stage,” a police statement said. Pill testing could help warn others about dangerous batches of pills at Australian music festivals and deter drug suppliers from selling "contaminated drugs," according to Dr Alex Wodak, president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation.