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One dead and three hospitalised from suspected drug overdoses at Sydney dance festival

Photo: HSU events

Photo: HSU events

A 19-year-old man died in Concord Hospital after attending what is billed as the biggest indoor festival in the southern hemisphere held at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday.

Two women, aged 19 and 25, and a man were taken to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition from suspected drug overdoses, with all three now in a stable condition.

Thirteen other people were also taken to hospital for treatment and more than 100 were treated for various conditions during the event.

The NSW Government is standing firm on its tough line regarding drug use, introducing tougher drug penalties in October while maintaining it would not change its stance on pill testing.

“Unfortunately we know that pill testing won’t work because it will give people the green light to taking substances which in the end could still kill them,” said NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

“Everybody’s body is made up differently, everybody responds to chemicals and substances in a different way — pill testing doesn’t mean it’s safe. I would hate to think that even after something has been tested that somebody dies.”