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Fifteen patients treated mainly for overdoses at Escapade, nine taken to hospital: Paramedics

THE CANADIAN PRESS / Nathalie Madore

The Ottawa paramedic service said it had a busy weekend at the Escapade music festival at Lansdowne, treading 15 patients, primarily for overdoses, with nine taken to hospital.

Those in need of treatment included a 20-year-old male who needed to be resuscitated after taking GHB, a psychoactive drug popular at events like music festivals. Another 20-year-old man also needed treatment after taking GHB. Both of these events occurred on Saturday.

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Last year at the same festival, Ottawa police reported five people were taken to hospital because of overdoses, none of which were life-threatening.

Ottawa paramedics, in partnership with Ottawa Health, said they had been handing out information to festival-goers in order to ensure proper safety messages were disseminated into the crowd.

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