A man died in 2013 at Defqon in Australia and history repeated itself this year in 2015. For the sixth straight year, the two-day festival which takes place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre concluded with some notable health issues among attendees. One man died while eight others were hospitalized.
Nigel Pauljevic is the name of the man who lost his life. The 26 year-old passed away in what seemed to be a quick series of events. One local news team reported that “a coronial investigation will now examine whether drugs played a role in his death.” One witness said that “he went from sick to dead in 30 (minutes).”
Grant Healy, a Detective inspector on the case, gave his two cents about drug use to the media. He told ABC News, “[Friends and family] live with the scars for the rest of their life… Quite often they are the ones doing the first aid, watching their friends pass away. So if you're taking those drugs, remember it doesn't just affect you. If you read… what the festival has put out, they tell people… they have got a no drug policy, so it's adults making really poor adult decisions…”
He added, “Festivals and dance parties aren't the problem, it's people making poor adult decisions that are the problem. People have got to realise if you put something in your mouth, you don't know what it is, it can kill you.”
There were four drug arrests at the festival this year and two others were caught with over 45 pills that were believed to be MDMA.