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Drug Overdose Hospitalizations
Tue July 2, 2013
Dozens Overdose At Electronic Music Festival
One person died and dozens became ill while attending a concert at Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater this weekend. As Paige Browning reports, drugs were a factor in many hospitalizations.
It was a busy weekend for the small town Quincy Valley Medical Center. Spokesperson Michele Wurl says the emergency room had 120 visits, about 70 of them from the concert, and up to 50 of those with drug and alcohol related symptoms.
Wurl: “It ranges from anything where you can have people that are combative, just acting bizarre, to the extent of somebody who is unconscious, unable to breath on their own.”
Wurl says the hospital transferred seven patients in the most serious condition to Columbia Medical Center in Wenatchee, including the 21-year-old who later died.
Many concert goers, including a 20-year-old reported missing from Sunday through Monday afternoon, admitted to taking the drug "molly," a form a ecstacy. This particular dose could have been mixed with other drugs.
About 20-thousand people attend the Paradiso Festival, a two day event of electronic music and art at the Gorge.
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