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NSW Health Issues Warning About High-Dose MDMA Tablets With ‘GUCCI’ Logo

Drug reform advocates urge NSW to implement pill testing after the state’s health authorities issued an urgent warning regarding high-dose ecstasy tablets.

This particular tablet stands out due to its distinctive characteristics, including a pink-orange colour and a square shape, with a ‘GUCCI’ logo and branding imprinted.

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The alarming feature of this MDMA tablet is its exceptionally high dosage, containing over four times the average dose found in other MDMA tablets currently in circulation. 

NSW Health has warned the public about the serious risks associated with consuming this high-dose MDMA.

Medical Director of the NSW Poisons Information Centre, Dr Darren Roberts, said: “It can cause severe agitation, raised body temperature, seizures or fits, irregular heart rhythm and death.”

He said the health risks from MDMA are significantly increased if high amounts, including multiple doses, are consumed over a short period. 

“Other risks include taking MDMA in combination with other stimulants, such as amphetamines or cocaine,” he added. 

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With several music festivals in New South Wales and hot weather predicted, there is a higher risk of harm from MDMA due to overheating. 

To mitigate this risk, people are advised to take breaks from dancing, seek shade, and stay hydrated.

“There are teams of well-trained peer volunteers from programs such as DanceWize NSW who are ready to support you at many major festivals. Other event staff are also trained to help patrons.”

At locations other than festivals, call emergency services on Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. For more information about staying safe, including the warning signs to seek help, see Stay OK at Music Festivals.

For information about the potential adverse effects of MDMA, please contact the NSW Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.

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