Just bad luck, really. But this 'bad luck' highlights how ACT on Campus's stupid and irresponsible stunt may have helped people get into a similar miserable condition. And, because it was stupid and irresponsible, ACT on Campus, and grow-up ACT, fully deserve any blowback from the coincidence.
It is even worse timing that this all happens at the same time as ACT announce cabinet ambitions for Roger Douglas (3). Maybe the unfortunate coincidence of ACT on Campus's attention-grab and the misfortune of the as yet unamed girls can serve as deeper parallel, however. It was, after all, the Douglasite reforms of the 1980s and 90s that lead to the surge of drugs use, crime, gambling and violence in New Zealand.
ACT want more of these reforms and -hey - ACT on Campus (a youth group that is seperate and distinct from ACT, but which supports ACT (4)) are pushing the drugs! Is that freemarket efficiency we hear so much about?
1 - 'Two girls dumped on North Shore roadside after drug overdose,' unattributed article on TV3 website, 21st of March, 2008. (http://www.tv3.co.nz/News/NationalNews/TwogirlsdumpedonNorthShoreroadsideafterdrugoverdose/tabid/423/articleID/50090/cat/65/Default.aspx)
2 - 'Act youth tempt with party pills,' unattributed article on TVNZ website, 20th of March, 2008. (http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411368/1649956)
3 - 'Pills overshadow Douglas promption,' unattributed article on TVNZ website, 20th of March, 2008. (http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/425825/1650515)
4 - I thank Mikee for bring this crucial distinction to my attention.