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Oxycontin and Alcohol Suspected In Mass Overdose

Nine students were hospitalized in a UCSB mass overdose this weekend. Authorities believe that the victims all took pills laced with some type of synthetic opioid.

As reported by Business Insider, the incident began when sheriffs deputies and paramedics responding to an emergency call found a young man unconscious in the back seat of a car at about 10 p.m. Thursday night, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Other students at the gathering told deputies that the victim, who was rushed to a local hospital, had ingested alcohol along with unknown amount of the pain reliever Oxycontin, the sheriff’s department said.

Deputies on the scene discovered a second male who had stopped breathing and exhibited signs of an overdose. They revived him with a nasal spray dose of naloxone, a drug used to temporarily block the effects of opioid narcotics, before transporting him to the hospital as well, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Seven more students, all of whom had taken a blue pill, were ultimately found exhibiting symptoms of an overdose at the residence, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and were taken to the hospital.

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