The Latest: 24 treated after eating drug-laced candy




COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on concertgoers in northeast Ohio who suffered medical symptoms after gave them drug-laced candy (all times local):

12:20 a.m.

Two dozen concertgoers in northeast Ohio suffered medical symptoms after they ate candy laced with a drug found in marijuana.

The victims were at the Ohio Dreams sports camp complex in Butler, where the weekend-long EST 2016 rap music festival was being held.

Authorities say someone gave them candy containing THC, the chemical that gives marijuana its mind-altering effects.

Regional drug task force commander Lt. Joe Petrycki says early reports of concertgoers overdosing from the candy was too strong a description. He says THC usually gives people a sense of euphoria. He says no one lost consciousness.

A spokeswoman for OhioHealth hospital in Mansfield says 24 people were treated, including with the overdose antidote naloxone.

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7 p.m.

Authorities say two dozen concertgoers in northeast Ohio suffered overdoses after they ate marijuana-laced candy.

No fatalities were reported Saturday at the Ohio Dreams sports camp complex in Butler, where the weekend-long EST 2016 rap music festival was being held. Butler is about 60 miles northeast of Columbus.

Maj. Joe Masi of the Richland County Sheriff's Department tells the Mansfield News Journal someone began tossing out bags of the colorful candies Saturday morning. The packages contained about 20 pieces each and were marked with the name of a commercial candy brand.

Masi said each piece had "a very, very high dose of THC," the chemical that gives marijuana its mind-altering effects.

A spokeswoman for OhioHealth hospital in Mansfield says 24 people were treated, including with the overdose antidote naloxone.
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