The Fatal Drug Cocktail That Has Authorities Concerned
Toxicology reports have ruled out flakka as the dangerous drug that led to 16 people being hospitalised on the Gold Coast and two men being charged.
More than 20 people were treated by paramedics after ingesting the substance, which caused a number of them to hallucinate and act violently.
Some were spotted running into traffic and another swimming in a canal.
Police have charged two men with supply of the dangerous drug, which they say is a cocktail of "amphetamine-type substances", including MDMA as well as a synthetic version of LSD, also known as an N-Bomb.
However, Superintendent Michelle Stenner said confusion over its make-up was almost irrelevant after it was originally thought to be flakka, a substance which had caused recent damage overseas.
"Regardless of whether it's LSD, MDMA, N-Bomb, marijuana, whatever you want to call it - these are dangerous drugs and they are called dangerous for a reason," she said
"When persons consume a cocktail of these substances, they can have very dire ... sometimes life-threatening consequences."
Victorian footballer, Riki Stephens (pictured above), sadly lost his life after taking a mystery drug while on an end-of-season holiday on the Gold Coast.
The Heathcote Saints player ended up in a coma after ingesting a drug at a pub according to his club's president Andrew Conforti.
Police revealed on Thursday a 24-year-old man had been arrested on Sunday in relation to the substance and charged with supply of a dangerous drug.
A 21-year-old man was then charged on Wednesday with supply and possession of a dangerous drug after police visited a Surfers Paradise property, while another was arrested at the address on unrelated drug matters.
Supt Stenner said others were likely to be charged as the crackdown continued ahead of this weekend's Supercars Gold Coast 600 and next month's Schoolies.
"We're working very closely with our counterparts ... to track down everyone that is responsible with producing, selling and distributing these drugs," she said.
Queensland Police minister Bill Byrne said the results of the toxicology tests were extremely concerning.
"We have what seems to be a growing number of young people with this false impression that illicit drugs are nothing more than party drugs and that using them occasionally is OK," Mr Byrne said.
"We need to be clear here, this perception is completely false."