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Doctor warns young people, party pills killWaikato Hospital emergency department doctor Tonia Nicholson, pictured right, today warned the public that party pills can and do kill.
Dr Nicholson, who published a paper on the prevalence of use of 'herbal party pills' in patients presenting to Waikato emergency department, says it is “scary” what can happen if young people take pills.
They can get agitated, have delirium be confused and depending on the dose and the effects, they can kill, she said.
“It’s very scary as a parent, as a grandparent. You’re looking at something that looks like a lolly, it doesn’t look harmful. It’s very scary that they are marketed this way,” she said.
Six teenage girls were treated in Waikato Hospital’s emergency department yesterday after they took pills at school. The pills resembled lollies.
Dr Nicholson said she had never seen so many young people at one time in the emergency department.
“They’re very lucky, things could have been a lot worse.”