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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The Latest on tainted candy in that sickened 19 (all times local):

    11:55 a.m.

    San Francisco health officials suspect the gummy candies that sickened 19 people at a birthday party contained edible marijuana.

    Final lab results weren't available Monday, but officials say some of the hospitalized patients tested positive for THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

    Thirteen of the patients were 18 or younger. The youngest was 6. They were hospitalized Saturday, and all had been discharged by Monday morning.

    The patients' symptoms were consistent with the effects of edible cannabis, including rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, dilated pupils, dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, lethargy and confusion.

    San Francisco's health officer, Dr. Tomas Aragon says officials don't know where the candies came from.

    The quinceanera celebration was hosted by a company in Oakland, California.


    11 a.m.

    Authorities say 19 people were hospitalized after eating what may have been tainted gummy candy at a San Francisco birthday party.

    The San Francisco Examiner reports Monday (http://bit.ly/2b7JnSl) three children were among those rushed to area hospitals Saturday from a young girl's quinceanera celebration.

    San Francisco Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Baxter told the newspaper that three of the sickened were children, including a 9-year-old. He told KTVU that symptoms included heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and swollen tongue.

    All consumed a gummy candy that was unmarked.

    Department of Public Health spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said they are testing all food eaten at the party to determine what made people sick.

    In Latin cultures, a quinceanera marks a girl's coming of age when she turns 15.

    AP/Aug. 8, 2016
    Photo: Trevor Hughes, USA Today
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


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