Cocaine use kills 20 in Argentina

In the South American capital, Buenos Aires, cocaine use has killed 20 people and left 74 hospitalized, with the death toll expected to rise.

Authorities say they are trying to find out what harmful substances were added to the cocaine, warning citizens to dispose of cocaine purchased in the last 24 hours, according to AFP.

Buenos Aires security chief Sergio Burney told a local TV channel that they were trying to find the toxic material to prevent it from spreading. Police have raided a house and arrested 10 people involved in the sale of poisonous cocaine, which has been sent to a laboratory for analysis.

On Wednesday morning, it was revealed that many deaths and poisoning patients were brought to 3 different hospitals in the city, however, it was later found out that such patients are being treated in 8 hospitals.

According to initial reports, the cocaine users had a sudden heart attack or severe shivering. Security chief Sergio Bernie said cocaine contained substances that attacked people’s nervous systems, adding that more patients had been brought to hospitals in critical condition.

The public prosecutor told local radio that the authorities’ first priority was to reach out to as many people as possible who had poisoned cocaine.

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