Police issue warning following death of a Christchurch man who took MDMA

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Sep 07, 2022 |

Police are issuing strong warnings following the death of a Christchurch man who took MDMA.

The 20-year-old suddenly died in Christchurch in the early hours of Sunday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis said early indications suggest his death may relate to a potential drug overdose.

“Police have today arrested and charged two people, a man and woman, both aged 33, with possession for supply of a Class B drug and we cannot rule out the possibility of more serious charges.

They are expected to appear in the Christchurch District Court tomorrow.”

Police have been made aware of security guards in Queenstown over the weekend assisting two people who had seizures after reportedly taking MDMA. 

They didn’t require medical treatment, but these incidents could have ended very differently.

The best thing people can do to prevent any risk, is not to take illicit drugs. 

“With a music festival in Queenstown from tomorrow until Sunday, police are issuing this warning as we don’t want to see anyone becoming sick or worse.

If you or someone you know experience concerning or unexpected effects after taking something, please report it to High Alert, New Zealand’s drug early warning system, at highalert.org.nz.”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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