Suspected drug, alcohol use hospitalizes 36 after Avicii concert at TD Garden

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June 25, 2014, 10:19 pm
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(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Justin Michaels) - At least 36 people were rushed to the hospital and dozens more were treated for dehydration and suspected drug and alcohol use at Wednesday night's Avicii concert at TD Garden, police said.

Police and EMS confirm that 36 patients were transported and 50 more were treated at the scene.

No one was seriously injured.

According to emergency officials, most of the patients were underage and using alcohol and illicit drugs.

The ages of people treated ranged from 16 to 25.

According to an EMS deputy superintendent, there was nothing to indicate the use of the drug Molly.

An Avicii show was taking place at the time. Avicii, whose name is Tim Bergling, sent out this Tweet early Monday morning:


A police officer on the scene said that there were many young kids and it was very hot inside the building.

One concert-goer said, "I think it was dehydration or something like that but, I'm not too sure, but there has been a lot of ambulances showing up and taking some people away on stretchers."

Another person said, "I was seeing people getting dragged out, people, I think on Molly. I don't even know, drunk, getting out of there quick. Cops were very angry with them."

Another person said, "People were jumping up-and-down, some people tripped, some people may have hurt their ankles. And of course they need ambulances to help them out."

TD Garden released a statement about the incident:

"We take this incident very seriously and our thoughts are with the affected guests and their families. We implemented increased precautions such as restricted alcohol sales, additional security and provided two cooling off areas for guests, in addition to the building maintained at normal temperature. We continued our proactive policy to identify impaired guests, bring them to first aid for medical evaluation and transport when necessary. By following our policy, half of the affected guests were identified prior to entering the arena and were immediately treated."

Justin Michaels contributed to this report.

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Tags: Boston, massachusetts, TD Garden, EMS, Josh Brogadir, Boston EMS, Justin Michaels, Avicii
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