Woman charged as suspect muffins send office to pot
A MORNING tea farewell at a Noosa employment agency last week appears to have gone to pot.
It is believed an Employment Services Queensland employee, who has taken voluntary redundancy, took a tray of marijuana-laced muffins to the farewell of another employee, who had also taken voluntary redundancy.
But what may have started as a joke turned serious when staff became ill.
One employee had to be taken by ambulance to a hospital emergency department.
Police have confirmed a 42-year-old woman has been charged with "supply and possession of dangerous drugs" in relation to the incident.
Employment Services Queensland manager Chris Hamilton said it appeared "there was something in the muffins that made people ill".
"We didn't know what it was, but two staff required medical treatment and we decided it was best and safest to get police to investigate."
Mr Hamilton said about 10 workers across the Sunshine Coast had accepted voluntary redundancy packages as part of a company restructuring.
The farewell was for the company's site manager, who was leaving that day.
Mr Hamilton said that about two or three hours after the morning tea, some of the staff had shown signs of being unwell.
"The symptoms varied," he said.
"A lot of them were woozy. Some had general nausea.
"Our regional manager was on site, attending the tea.
"One woman went to a GP. The other became unwell and was taken to ICU by ambulance.
"She was drowsy, vomiting and disorientated.
"We didn't know what it was, but it was our duty of care to staff to report it."
Mr Hamilton said the staff member had been discharged from hospital and it was believed her severe reaction may have been complicated by other medical conditions.
Police investigations are continuing.