DRUG counsellors have launched an extraordinary attack on police, blaming them for causing mass overdoses at a weekend rave held at a castle within a medieval theme park.
Users swallowed their drug stashes rather than risk arrest by police patrolling the event in the regional Victorian town Ballarat with sniffer dogs, the drug education group VIVAIDS claimed.
VIVAIDS chief Damon Brogan slammed the 70-strong police presence at the Ultraworld Festival as "over-zealous" and demanded they stop hassling revellers.
"Confronted with such a police presence, some individuals are tempted to unwisely consume all their drugs in one go, rather than throw them away or risk arrest," Mr Brogan said.
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