Pubdate: Mon, 30 Nov 2015
Source: San Diego Union Tribune (CA)
Copyright: 2015 Union-Tribune Publishing Co.
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DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO - Sixteen people in downtown San Diego were 
sickened by a synthetic drug called spice on Saturday, authorities said.

It was the second weekend for multiple overdoses in the downtown 
area. Last Sunday, paramedics treated eight people, one as young as 13.

Police were investigating to find out where the drug, a popular form 
of synthetic marijuana, came from. It is illegal in California.

There were more than 10 calls to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department 
involving 16 ill patients between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 
fire spokesman Lee Swanson said.

Most of the patients were in their late teens to early 20s. Eleven of 
them were taken to hospitals by medics, three in serious condition, he said.

Their symptoms ranged from mild nausea, fast heart beat and agitation 
to difficulty breathing and unconsciousness. No one was considered to 
be in life-threatening condition, Swanson said.

One patient was found near the Central Library on Park Boulevard, and 
another was nearby at Park and Market Street. The rest were clustered 
near the trolley station at 12th Street and Imperial Avenue, Swanson said.
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