August 9, 2014 7:32 am

Drug use at music festival in Calgary sends six to hospital

Calgary Police and EMS were busy Friday night responding to a number of drug related issues at the Chasing Summer music festival at Fort Calgary.

At least six people were taken to hospital for medical issues related to drug use between 6:30 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.

All six people were in their 20’s and taken to hospital in non-life threatening condition. EMS warns it often takes hours for drugs to fully kick in and conditions may have worsened after these patients arrived at hospital.

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“You never really know what you’re taking,” said Adam Loria with Calgary EMS. “The biggest thing is the body overheating …it’s never good. When we were with these patients they were in non-life threatening condition.”

Police can’t say what kind of drugs or combination of drugs and alcohol were ingested.

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EMS say they are taking these cases seriously following the death of two people at a Toronto music festival and another at a Penticton music festival last weekend.

“It is on our radar we know this event is going on,” said Loria.

Organizers say they have a zero tolerance for drug use and that security and medical staff are on site at all times.

Chasing Summer bills itself as western Canada’s largest outdoor electronic music festival . It continues until Sunday.

15,000 people are expected to attend the festival.

 

© Shaw Media, 2014

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