Footballer in coma, after suspected 'zombie drug' overdose

HE was one of the 16 rushed to hospital on the Gold Coast in one of Queensland's worst mass overdose episodes on the weekend.

Now footballer Riki Stephens, of Victoria, is in a coma and according to his club president Andrew Conforti, "Riki's not out of the woods yet".

Riki Stephens is understood to be in a coma following a suspected overdose on the Gold Coast
Riki Stephens is understood to be in a coma following a suspected overdose on the Gold Coast

Fairfax reports that Mr Stephens is understood to be one of the eight people who remain in hospital after 16 were taken into care over a 48-hour period.

The culprit is thought to be a drug nicknamed "flakka", which has also been dubbed a "zombie drug" for the behaviour it causes in users.

One woman who thought she may have accidentally ingested the drug, told the Gold Coast Bulletin the drug caused hallucinations that were vivid and terrifying.

"I was seeing my friend having a seizure and stuff. Obviously it was a hallucination but it was so vivid,'' she said.

"You weren't happy - it was really demonic, almost."

Flakka is considered a synthetic version of cocaine, but thought to be 10-times more powerful and exponentially less predictable.

Some reports suggest the overdoses however, may be linked to a frightening new form of ecstacy.

Topics:  drugs flakka gold coast riki stephens

Council chambers close for the holidays

Southern Downs Regional Council building.  Photo Kerri Moore / Warwick Daily News

Council settles on holiday opening hours

Southern Downs councillor takes on new role

Councillor appointed to state group

'Dreamworld may never open again'

'The equipment is said by many witnesses to be ageing'

Local Partners

Australia Day Award nominations now open

ALL those who know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Warwick community is encouraged to nominate them for an Australia Day Award.

Events you need to be at this week...

Some Australian sevens rugby squad members will be in Warwick this weekend.

It won't be all rodeo in Warwick this weekend

He's here for the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting

David Thorn from Cootamundra on Oh How Foxy.

David Thorn is here to make the most of the Warwick Rodeo.

PICS: Campdraft action gets underway at rodeo

Some of the action from the campdraft first round at the Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft this morning.

Check out the pics galore from the morning's action at the campdraft

Liam Payne wants to wed Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne

Liam Payne reportedly wants to marry Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Bindi Irwin 'honoured' to make MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Len Wiseman files for divorce from Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

Len Wiseman has filed for divorce from Kate Beckinsale

First look at Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life series

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel in a scene from the TV series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

NETFLIX drops first trailer for its revival of fan favourite.

Hugh Laurie will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie is set to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

How Kristie blind-sided everyone to win Australian Survivor

Kristie Bennett wins Australian Survivor.

FAN favourite says she was underestimated by her competitors.

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June