MASS OVERDOSE: Police find boy unresponsive in front yard

MAJOR UPDATE 1PM: QUEENSLAND Police have revealed more details about an alarming alleged mass drug overdose in Yeppoon overnight. 

Detectives from the Yeppoon CIB are investigating two related incidents including a single vehicle crash in Lammermoor and an alleged mass drug overdose in Taranganba. 

QPS say around 11.45pm yesterday, they responded to a single vehicle crash on Old Scenic Hwy at Lammermoor. 

On arrival, two males who had been standing by the crashed vehicle ran from police, with officers apprehending a 17-year-old man soon after.

Police allege they located drugs and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and on the man.

Police say inquiries in relation to the crash and drugs led police to a property on Daffcroft St in Taranganba about  2.30am.

When police arrived, they found a 14-year-old boy lying unresponsive in the front yarn of the home before discovering another 10 teenagers inside the home, ranging in age from 14-18, that appeared to be affected by drugs. 

Queensland Ambulance paramedics were called and nine people were transported to the Yeppoon Base Hospital for treatment.


Police alleged a QAS paramedic was punched in the face twice while trying to treat the 14-year-old boy who was found in the front yard. 

The paramedic was taken to hospital for assessment and treatment. 

Investigations are ongoing. 

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UPDATE 8.10AM: MORE details of an alleged mass drug overdose in Yeppoon have emerged with Queensland Police revealing some of the patients allegedly assaulted paramedics and crashed a car. 

A QPS spokeswoman said the alleged drug overdose scene was discovered following a car crash at Taranganba around 11pm. 

She said two males alleged crashed a Toyota Rav 4 into a ditch on Old Scenic Hwy before fleeing the scene on foot.

Police apprehended one of the males and he appeared to be under the influence of drugs.


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Police then tracked the car back to a Daffcroft St address in Taranganba and discovered the alleged mass drug overdose. 

The spokeswoman said police were at the scene of the incident this morning and investigations were ongoing. 

"We are looking into potential drug offences and looking at assault charges as it is understood one of the paramedics was allegedly assaulted," the spokeswoman said. 

It is understood Yeppoon CIB and CPIU are involved in the investigation. 

More to come. 

BREAKING 7.30AM: NINE teenagers were rushed to Yeppoon Hospital in the early hours of this morning following an alleged horror mass drug overdose.

Queensland Ambulance Service Acting Senior Operation Supervisor Bradley Norris said QAS crews were called to a Yeppoon residence about 2.45am following alleged prescription medication overdoses.

Act Snr Op Sup Norris said on arrival, paramedics discovered 11 people involved and nine of those were transported by QAS to hospital, all suffering alleged prescription medication overdoses.

He said the ages of the people ranged from 14-17 years, both male and female.

"The people presented ranged from calm through to highly aggressive and quite irritable and very difficult to control," Mr Norris said.

"It is very concerning and extremely dangerous. What we believe is the medications weren't the people involved and it was a mixture of prescribed medication so a very dangerous subject of mixing prescribed medications together."

Mr Norris said authorities were still investigating whether other drugs or alcohol may have been involved in the incident.

He warned community members to never take any prescription medication unless it is your own and prescribed by your doctor.

"To take any other medication is extremely dangerous," he said.

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