16 fall ill after taking spice drug in downtown San Diego

Nov 29, 2015 2:51 PM by News Staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities say 16 people have been sickened in downtown San Diego after taking the synthetic marijuana drug spice.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says fire officials treated the patients during numerous calls Saturday.

Fire spokesman Lee Swanson says the patients, mostly in their late teens to early 20s, had symptoms ranging from nausea and fast heartbeats to breathing difficulties and even unconsciousness.

Eleven of the 16 were taken to hospitals, three in serious condition, but Swanson says none of the problems were life-threatening.

Police are trying to discover the source of the spice.

It's the second weekend in a row that the drug has caused multiple overdoses downtown. More than a dozen people - including a 13-year-old - were treated on Nov. 22.

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