Local

1 Dead, 20 Taken To Hospital After Drug Overdoses At Concert

View Comments
mad decent od
Mary Bubala 370x278 Mary Bubala
Mary Bubala joined WJZ in December 2003. She now anchors the 4-4:30...
Read More
Popular Entertainment Photo Galleries

POEts: The Legendary, The Celebrity, The Local, The ControversialPOEts: The Legendary, The Celebrity, The Local, The Controversial

Celebrities Born Outside The U.S.Celebrities Born Outside The U.S.

Top Celebrities On TwitterTop Celebrities On Twitter

Ranking Stephen KingRanking Stephen King

Famous Women Who Underwent Double MastectomiesFamous Women Who Underwent Double Mastectomies

» More Photo Galleries

COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Drugs, overdoses and a death. Police say dozens of concertgoers at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Howard County were hospitalized.

Mary Bubala reports one young man actually died after attending the all-day concert Friday.

Thousands packed into Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia for the all-day Mad Decent Block Party concert. But soon, ambulances were at the scene.

Police say more than 20 young people were rushed to the hospital for drug overdoses, including 20-year-old Tyler Viscardi of Raleigh, North Carolina. He was pronounced dead shortly after from an apparent drug overdose.

The concert promoter made this statement on Twitter: “Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by yesterday’s event. We are saddened by the news.”

The Mad Decent Block Party music festival travels across the country. Police say similar problems with drug overdoses have been seen at their concerts elsewhere.

“This has been a very deadly summer for concerts. We’ve seen literally dozens of young people die at these concerts–mostly taking the drug ‘molly,’ which is a form of ecstasy,” said Mike Gimbel, substance abuse expert. “And it’s become very popular this summer at a lot of the outdoor concerts. And young kids are taking it, very young kids, and they don’t know what they’re taking. They’re ending up getting something that’s fake or something that’s a little too strong.”

Police also issued 50 citations for underage drinking and arrested three people for assault and drug possession.

Other Local News:

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,595 other followers