Chil­dren made sick by drugs

Waikato Times - - National News -

No-one will face crim­i­nal charges af­ter three Porirua chil­dren were hos­pi­talised af­ter in­gest­ing syn­thetic drugs.

In Septem­ber last year three chil­dren, aged 15, 8 and 5, from the same fam­ily were ad­mit­ted to Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal with con­di­tions rang­ing from se­ri­ous to less se­ri­ous af­ter some­how get­ting the chem­i­cals into their bod­ies.

Po­lice now be­lieve it was be­cause a cook­ing im­ple­ment had been used to make syn­thetic drugs and was con­tam­i­nated.

Two deaths have been linked to the drug in Porirua so far this year.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Neil Holden said of­fi­cers had been un­able ‘‘to link the con­tam­i­nated cook­ing im­ple­ment to an in­di­vid­ual’’.

‘‘While ini­tial med­i­cal con­cerns were sig­nif­i­cant, with proper med­i­cal care each child made a full re­cov­ery.’’

Holden said po­lice wanted to re­in­force the dan­gers of all drug tak­ing and pro­duc­tion, es­pe­cially when around chil­dren and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

About 45 peo­ple are be­lieved to have died in New Zealand as a re­sult of syn­thetic drugs since June 1, 2017.

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