LOS ANGELES (AP) – At least 18 people got suddenly sick in the Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles from an unidentified illicit substance.
Los Angeles Fire Department officials say paramedics responded to the area at about 10 a.m. on Friday and took 18 people to hospitals from the downtown area where the homeless gather.
Fire department spokesman Brian Humphries said the group of people, believed to be homeless, showed the same symptoms, having difficulty with muscular coordination, slurring their speech and vomiting.
Officials have not yet determined what may have caused the sicknesses but say they do believe it was contact with an illicit substance.
Firefighters are attending to several others in the area who may also have taken the substance and said they expect more patients overnight.