‘Absolutely horrific’: teenage girls’ near fatal encounter with party drug

BE WARNED: Inspector Dave Harvey of Orange Police warns an incident affecting three Orange teenagers who experimented with the drug Meow Meow could have proved fatal.A DECISION by three Orange teenage girls to experiment with the so called party drug Meow Meowon Saturday night almost cost one of the teenagers her life.
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The mother of the 17-year-old, who collapsed in a critical condition and had to be resuscitated, told the Central Western Daily she wants to warn other parents and young people of the dangers of a ‘bad batch’ of the recreational drug.

“I just want people to know what happened because I don’t want another family to go through what we did on Saturday night,” the girl’s mother said.

“It was absolutely horrific.”

She said she urges parents to continue talking to their teenagers about the dangers of illicit drug taking.

“Our daughter is a good kid and nothing like this has ever happened to our family before – it just goes to show how much young people can be influenced by the temptation to try these so called party drugs, which can be killers,” she said.

The woman’s impassioned plea is echoed by Orange Police Inspector Dave Harvey.

“When young people buy drugs like this they don’t know what they’re getting,” Inspector Harvey said.

“Its dangerous and its illegal and with manufactured drugs there’s no way of knowing what’s in them,” Inspector Harvey said.

After obtaining the drugs from an acquaintance in Orange the three teenage girls travelled west to a social function at the weekend.

“The girls took half a capsule each – imagine if they had taken a whole one,” the mother of the 17-year-old said.

After taking the drugs and swimming in a pool at aprivate residence with friendsthe girls began to feel unwell.

“My daughter got out of the pool and just collapsed – they raced her into the hospital.”

“If it wasn’t for the efforts of the medical staff at the small hospital we would have lost her.”

The girl’s two other friends from Orange also collapsed and were taken to hospital.

“The staff were incredible – they saved my daughter’s life and in a small hospital like that the staff wouldn’t come across that type of experience often,” the mother said.

The girl’s mother said the terrifying experience of checking with the hospital in Nyngan every few minutes to see if her daughter would pull through will be etched in the family’s memory forever.

Under the advice from an Orange hospital based clinician as part of a rural remote network link up, the girl was stabilised before being taken to Dubbo Base Hospital in a critical condition while her two friends remained to be treated at Nyngan hospital.

The girls are now home with their respective families.

If you or a family member needs help or advice with a drug issue call the Western Local Health District Drug and Alcohol Helpline on 1300 887 000

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