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17 Taken To Hospital For Drug, Alcohol Abuse At Chasing Summer Music Festival

08/10/2015 11:12 EDT | Updated 08/10/2016 05:59 EDT

CALGARY - Emergency medical crews had to deal with more than a dozen drug and alcohol-abuse cases at a weekend music festival in Calgary.

Ten women and seven men, ranging in age from 18 to 38, needed treatment after they fell ill at the Chasing Summer event on Friday and Saturday.

Officials say the condition of one of the women was potentially life-threatening.

Ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and GHB, the so-called date-rape drug, were among the substances ingested.

Stuart Brideaux, an emergency services spokesman, says in most cases, patients drank large amounts of alcohol and also used drugs.

Most of those taken to hospital have been released.

The company that produced the music festival said it was prepared to respond to any incident over the weekend thanks to an abundance of medical staff.

In a statement on its website, Union Events said they placed a number of free water spouts around the venue to prevent dehydration.

"Festival producers at Union Events would like to express our support for all of our patrons and wish those few who needed further attention a quick and full recovery.''

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