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Drugs, particularly Ecstasy or E, were the major concern for police and St John ambulance staff at the Rhythm and Vines music festival.
Police said alcohol was not such a major issue this time.
Of the 15 people taken to Gisborne Hospital with severe diarrhoea and vomiting on the final night of the festival, one was kept in overnight on New Year’s Day and the rest were discharged at various times over the day.
commonly known as ecstasy (E), is a psychoactive drug used primarily as a recreational drug.”Drugs were a bit of a problem overall, particularly MDMA,” said area police commander Inspector Sam Aberahama.