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Five Teens Hospitalized for Suspected 'Bath Salt' Ingestion
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Five Teens Hospitalized for Suspected 'Bath Salt' Ingestion

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Five teenagers have been hospitalized for ingesting what deputies believe to be a type of bath salts banned in Florida earlier this year.

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the incident began Saturday at a home on North Lake Cunningham Avenue in Fruit Cove.

Neighbors said Monday they were stunned by the incident.

"It's just a very unfortunate incident that happened to some pretty decent kids," said Clyde Ewing who lives across the street from one of the teens.  "[It's] just really upsetting."

The father of a 17-year-old reported that his son was out of control; the teen fought his father and several deputies as they tried to secure him.

The sheriff's office reported that at one point, the teen was able to throw four people off of him and stand up. He also was able to resist several uses of a taser and a baton.

It took 15 minutes for the deputies restrain the teen on a stretcher. At the same location, the deputies found three other teens with similar symptoms, though they didn't fight the deputies.

People who live in the area said the teens were attending a party at the family's home at the time. 

The four were taken to a local hospital.

After investigating, the deputies learned that the teens had received the substance 2C-I from a 16-year-old who lives on the same street.

The deputies went to that home, and found that he too was "out of control." He had been subdued by a family friend in the back yard of his home, then the teen told the deputies he got the drug from China via the internet.

He was taken to a local hospital. All five have since been moved to Wolfson Children's Hospital for further treatment and evaluation.

The deputies found a bag and tested it for methamphetamine and LSD; the results were negative.  The substance is now in the hands of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to determine its make-up.

"They're real drugs," explained Dr. Alexander Garrad with the Florida Poison Information Center in Jacksonville.  "They're actual drugs.  They can cause significant problems with the body.  People can get hurt, especially because you don't know what's in it.  So, you really don't know what you're buying."

Charges have not yet been filed as youth resource deputies continue to investigate.

"Even for law enforcement the primary issue is that these kids get the medical attention that they need and we'll deal with the secondary issues as we move forward," said Sgt. Chuck Mulligan. 

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