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At least 20 festival goers have been admitted to a Mansfield hospital on Saturday for overdoses after ingesting a drug disguised as candy, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.The weekend event, known as "EST Fest 2016: Last Weekend on...

At least 20 treated for overdoses after Richland County concert

At least 20 festival goers have been admitted to a Mansfield hospital on Saturday for overdoses after ingesting a drug disguised as candy, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.The weekend event, known as "EST Fest 2016: Last Weekend on...

At least 20 treated for overdoses after Richland County concert

At least 20 festival goers have been admitted to a Mansfield hospital on Saturday for overdoses after ingesting a drug disguised as candy, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

The weekend event, known as "EST Fest 2016: Last Weekend on Earth," is being held at the Ohio Dreams venue in Butler, Ohio, located about 70 miles northeast of Columbus.

The drug came in a small pouch labeled "RX Prescribed Medibles" and resembled the colorful, bead-like candy called Nerds. EST Fest attendees have taken to social media outlets, such as Instagram, to warn others against taking the drug.

No one has died from the overdose, but everyone affected is being treated at the OhioHealth MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield.

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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