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Police have found a missing teenager who may have been disoriented after taking the hallucinogenic drug, datura.
The 17-year-old went missing Thursday evening in bush near Hanmer in North Canterbury.
Hanmer search coordinator Peter Summerfield says a police dog handler established voice contact with the teen and was able to get him out.
"He looked a bit disorientated after a period of time all day in the bush but we're more than happy that he has been found and he is alive," Summerfield said.
Another 17-year-old was found earlier on Friday and taken to hospital with frostbite. He has extensive injuries to his feet.
He is in Christchurch Hospital and police say he is lucky to be alive after spending Thursday night wandering through the bush.
They say the two 17-year-olds may have become disoriented after taking datura. They had been staying with a group at a friend's bach in Hanmer and were reported missing after leaving the area. Their car was found abandoned and stuck in the Hanmer River on Friday morning.
Police say a second call alerted them to the fact that the missing teens had been taking datura, which Senior Constable Ian Price describes as very hallucinogenic.
"What it does to the mind...is just beyond belief," says Price.
Police say it was hard to get much sense from the boy who was found in the bush.
"We've spoken with him in the local hospital. He's very disorganised in his thoughts," Price says.
Datura is toxic and leads to delusions, blackouts and dehydration.
Christchurch doctor Scott Pearson says there are no benefits to its use.
Police say in the latest incident the Christchurch teens may have consumed as much as 300ml.