At least 16 people were admitted to St. Paul’s Hospital on Wednesday after their 4/20 celebrations took a turn for the worse.
Vancouver Coastal Health told Vancity Buzz that 16 patients had been admitted for partying a little too hard, but confirmed that they had since been released. “The nurses described them as stoned, with relatively mild symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, and generally feeling unwell,” a spokesperson for Vancouver Coastal Health said.
Vancouver Coastal Health had been active on social media ion the run up to 4/20 urging people to exercise caution when consuming edibles at the event.
— VCH Healthcare (@VCHhealthcare) April 20, 2016
The self-styled “Biggest, stoniest marijuana freedom festival that Vancouver has ever seen” attracted thousands of Vancouverites alongside hundreds of vendors selling everything from brightly coloured bongs to THC-laced treats.
Vancouver Police and first responders dealt with a number of medical incidents at Sunset Beach, including a man who had to be rescued by the Marine Unit after he attempted to swim across the inlet to Vanier Park.