Two Victorian teenagers have been hospitalised and four others required medical attention after they took MDMA while on school camp in Mount Buller.

Two Victorian girls have been hospitalised, and four other students required medical attention, after they took the party drug MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, while at school camp.

The students were visiting Mount Buller in Victoria’s alpine region when the incident took place, with one girl overdosing on the drug and a 17-year-old boy now facing charges news.com.au reports.

A Worrying Trend

This latest incident comes just days after a two-week inquest into the use of MDMA at music festivals, with almost 80% of attendees found to have taken the drug.

“The user experiences feelings of euphoria, increased energy, intimacy and emotional warmth, sensitivity to touch, and a distortion of time and of the senses,” Medical News Today said.

“MDMA can interfere with the body’s ability to regulate temperature and it can raise the heart rate to a dangerous level. MDMA can also be addictive and research suggests that long term cognitive problems may develop in some users.”

Five people, all aged between 18 and 23, have died in the last two years with their use of MDMA cited as the primary cause.

Something Has To Be Done

The two girls have since been discharged from hospital but police say that they will conduct a thorough investigation, with the support of the school, with one student expected to be charged with trafficking a drug of dependence.

“As soon as staff became aware of the incident, police and emergency services were called,” Gail Hardman, principal of Seymour College, said.

“Support has been provided and will continue to be provided to students affected by the incident.”

How do you think the problem of widespread drug use amongst teenagers should be addressed? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Such a pity that teenagers think ‘it can’t happen to me. There has been enough written in newspapers and publicised on TV about taking drugs that one would think they would be aware of the dire consequences of taking these drugs by now. Strangely enough kids, you can still have great fun without taking the drugs.


  • I fear for my kids, by the time they are teenagers, who knows what new drug will be available and what it will do. I’ll just try my best to educate them on the dangers of drugs and hope for the best


  • Oh sooo worrying …thanks for the article and infro.


  • Kids need to be educated on all the facts, not just what can happen if you take it but what can happen if you are caught with it in your possession. Parents need to be educating their children and having an open dialogue with them about it and we need to be finding out how these kids are getting their hands on drugs because it is obviously becoming easier for anyone to get them.


  • Wow thats crazy and so scary


  • It does make me nervous as a parent. My kids not yet teenagers. A small tablet looks so harmless almost like a lolly.
    Education is a good start. Scare tactics with facts too. That it can cause death as this is true. But when and how to approach the subject?


  • This is a complex issue and it needs multiple level approach dealing with the issues in society as well as the education of teenagers and protecting those who are vulnerable.


  • This would have been a terrifying experience for the students involved and their parents. You used to be able to send your kids on camps and to school knowing they would be safe. Not anymore. It’s either bullying or drugs.


  • Those poor parents. I cannot fathom sending my child to school on a trip only to have to collect them from hospital… unfortunately education doesn’t always stop stupid behaviour…


  • Education at home and at school about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol is very important.
    We can educate our kids, but some kids are more eager to try anyway then others, especially when they are a bit rebellious.
    My youngest 2 are daughters from drug addicts. My 9yr old grew up being neglected and between drugs users. My youngest was on Methadon as soon as she was born. What the effects are on their mind and brain is difficult to measure, but it sure has an effect.
    My 9yr old laid her hand on medication numerous times, luckily so far without harm but I fear for her. One time she took a whole bottle of probiotics and ate 40tablets, she took a strip with Solprin (aspirin) one and ate 8 tablets, she took a bottle of panadol once and was planning to drink it as a smoothie, she too a box with stomach tablets and ate 30 tablets. All I can do is educate her and I go to the GP every time she does things like this (although so far she is NOT learning. She sees a psychologist, a psychiatrist and a pediatrician as well.


  • This world while supposedly get better is becoming so dangerous for the young growing up. I fear for my younger children as the world is so different from their older siblings who grew up in the 90’s and oo’s. I wonder what type of world my younger ones will live in and their 4 year old niece.


  • Need to better educate children on refusing to take them. As a 5-6 year old on the school bus I was offered some pills by an older student and said no, despite the number of times he offered. Turns out they were salt tablets, but that’s besides the point! Kids really need to know the dangers of drugs AND peer pressure!


  • It’s really sad to see this spreading sooo fast!


  • I don’t know that education regarding drugs is working. Prevention yes but we can talk until we are blue in the face-for some reason none of it gets through. They think they are invincible and don’t realise they are taking their own lifes in their hands with just one pill!


  • It’s so scary to have kids growing up in this day an age, there is so much temptation and bad influences


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