Synthetic Drug May Be Source of Skid Row Illness for Second Time in Days - NBC Southern California

Synthetic Drug May Be Source of Skid Row Illness for Second Time in Days

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    More Skid Row Overdoses

    A synthetic drug may be responsible for sickening fourteen people on Skid Row. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. (Published Monday, Aug. 22, 2016)

    For the second time in the past four days, multiple people have fallen ill on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, possibly due to use of a synthetic drug.

    Fourteen people were hospitalized Monday after becoming sick from an unspecified substance on Skid Row on Monday, days after a similar incident.

    Firefighters LAFD say the symptoms are the same as Friday and police said they are desperate to find the origin before people die. 

    About 50 were affected during a similar incident on Friday. Police said last week they suspect the affected people may have used a bad batch of the drug Spice.

    Homeless Sickened on Skid Row

    [LA] Homeless Sickened on Skid Row
    At least two dozen people took ill and required emergency medical response Friday in downtown LA's Skid Row. Symptoms were similar, and police suspect the common cause was a bad batch of the synthetic street drug known as "Spice." Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.
    (Published Friday, Aug. 19, 2016)

    Paramedics assessed some 18 people after the incident which was reported about 10:30 a.m. Monday at 429 E. Fifth St., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

    Los Angeles Police Department narcotics officers were investigating the source.

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