Sydney Music Festival: 1 dead, 12 hospitalised due to suspected drug overdose

Following alleged drug overdoses at a Sydney music event, a man passed away and 12 other persons were sent to the hospital.

A 26-year-old man who had gone to the Sydney Showground’s Transmission Music Festival was rushed to Bankstown Hospital, where he subsequently passed away on Sunday after what was thought to have been a heroin overdose.

“More than 130 people were treated by medical professionals at the venue, with numerous complaints suspected to relate to drug use and heat exhaustion,” they said in a statement.

According to NSW Police, at least 12 other festival goers were admitted to the hospital for drug-related medical care, with seven of them needing an intubation.

The more than 18,000 attendees at the event were assessed to be at “high risk,” which led to the employment of several security guards, paramedics, and medical personnel.

Additionally, six males, ages 19 to 33, were accused of supplying drugs.

A 23-year-old Oran Park man was charged with supply prohibited drug after he was allegedly found in possession of 253 MDMA tablets.

He was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday.

A 21-year-old Fairfield West man was charged with supply prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug after he was allegedly found in possession of 149 MDMA tablets.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on Thursday.

The other four men were issued Court Attendance Notices for supply prohibited drug and are due to appear at court at a later date.

Investigations are underway and a report will be prepared for the coroner.