MDMA incident creates concern

Queenstown police are warning of the dangers of illegal drugs after a man had a seizure in a downtown bar yesterday.

Sergeant Steve Watt said police assisted paramedics attending to the 28-year-old, who began having seizures in a Camp St bar about 3.25am.

''He was taken outside by friends, where he became unresponsive.''

Police were told the man had taken MDMA.

''Ambulance were called, and after some time the male became semi-conscious and responding to voice commands.''

The consequences of taking drugs were more serious than commonly believed, he said.

Drugs were often not what sellers presented them as, and instead could be a ''concoction of chemicals'' that could cause extremely harmful reactions.

Sgt Watt said the police, the Queenstown District Lakes Council, Hospitality New Zealand and the Southern District Health Board hosted a Drugs in Bars awareness seminar on Tuesday.

The seminar, which was well-attended by hospitality workers, was aimed at providing ''proactive measures'' to reduce the likelihood of incidents such as yesterday's occurring.

''The Queenstown police are relentless on this issue, and will continue to work with partner agencies to stamp out drugs in our community.''

-A 52-year-old Arrowtown man was arrested about noon on Tuesday after he was found with 4.18g of methamphetamine.

He appeared in the Queenstown District Court the same day on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, and was remanded on bail.

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