Batman drug hospitalises Hawkesbury teenagers

A new party drug called Blue Batman hospitalised five Hawkesbury teenagers over the weekend.

Described as an acid tripper and a form of MDMA or ecstasy, little is known about the drug which is alarming local emergency services.

Western Australian media reported a ‘‘bad batch’’ was sold in Perth earlier this year, hospitalising 12 people.

Hawkesbury Police urge parents to educate their children about drug use in the wake of the potent effects of Blue Batman.  

‘‘Although only a small proportion of people in our community use illicit drugs, the harm to the person using it and to the community are significant,’’ police said.

‘‘These harms include family and social difficulties, mental health issues, overdose related deaths, transmission of blood borne viruses such as HIV and hepatitis C, and involvement in drug-related crime.’’

Parents who are wishing to talk to their children about drug use can find a help hand book at drugs.health.gov.au.

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