Six young women were hospitalised over the weekend after eating cannabis cookies then passing out at a home in South Australia’s southeast.
One member of the group, who had fallen ill, called for help at about 9.30pm on Saturday.
As police and SAAS crews arrived, they found the remaining five young women — all aged in their late teens to mid 20s — unconscious inside the Millicent home.
Police say the group all ate cannabis cookies and had been taken to Millicent Hospital where they were treated.
Seeing as the group met prior to the state’s lockdown being lifted at midnight on Saturday, they all were issued with a caution for breaching COVID-19 directions.
Officers later searched the home of a 24-year-old local man and found cannabis and associated equipment and he was reported for supplying a controlled drug.
Officer in charge of Limestone Coast Local Service Area Superintendent Phil Hoff said it was a very serious situation.
“When five people lose consciousness because of something they’ve consumed it is alarming,” he said.
“Our priority was to establish if these cookies had been further distributed to ensure no-one else was at risk, thankfully it appears not.
“Illicit substances are illicit for a reason. This is a timely message to the community to make better choices.”
He said investigations were continuing and included scientific analysis of the items seized.
If anyone has been affected by this drug or has any information in relation to this incident they are encouraged to contact the Police Assistance Line on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.