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Avicii concert in Boston: 36 hospitalized, more treated due to drugs, alcohol

At an Avicii concert in Boston, many people fell ill after apparently engaging in illicit drugs. ABC News reports on Thursday that concert attendees were taken from Boston’s TD Garden arena on Wednesday to area hospitals. Besides signs of illicit drugs, including the popular club drug “Molly,” those who suffered medically also were affected by alcohol and the heat. For some, it was a combination of all three factors – drugs, alcohol, and the high temperature in the facility.

Avicci performance
Photo by Christopher Polk

While earlier reports asserted that at least 22 persons were treated at area hospitals were between 16 and 19 years of age, the Boston Globe is reporting that 36 persons were taken to hospitals for treatment. Some of the persons in need of medical attention were taken from the venue to the hospitals while their arms were flailing and while they were still screaming from the affects of the drug.

Tufts Medical Center’s officials reported that at least nine persons were brought to their facility and treated. A Massachusetts General Hospital’s official reported that its facility treated 13 patients. While in dire need of medical attention, none of the injuries were reported to have been life-threatening.

One of the ill concertgoers was said to be totally out of it. She was passed out for a good amount of time at the venue. A witness said she was limp. A short time later, she began vomiting. Officials removed her from the scene, taking her away in a chair. EMS strapped her down and took her out of the facility. There were at least five ambulances on the scene and there was a mobile command fire truck equipped with a mobile command center.

More than the 22 or so persons who were hospitalized after being taken from the concert location, it is reported that dozens of other persons were medically treated at the venue. Police officials referred to the situation as a mass casualty event due to the incredible number of persons who fell ill. In the past year, three persons died at concerts due to the Molly drug overdoses. Two of those incidents were at the Electric Zoo Festival in New York City and another was at a ZEDD Concert – also in Boston – at the House of Blues.

Avicii’s real name is Tim Bergling, and he is a Swedish Grammy-nominated electronic dance music DJ, according to the New York Daily News. His concerts draw huge crowds throughout the country. He wrote on Twitter just after midnight on Thursday: “Just hearing the awful news abt (sic) tonight. Its (sic) a terrible thing. I rly (sic) hope everyone is ok! My thoughts go to those affected & their families.”