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Mystery Drink Puts Teens in Coma

July 12, 1999

LAKE CITY, Mich. (AP) _ Five teens shared a drink at a get-together and then suffered convulsions and went into comas, authorities said as they worked today to figure out what the liquid was.

The five were hospitalized after they fell ill about 10 p.m. Sunday at a home in this Missaukee County community.

``They all passed around a drink, and they all got sick,″ state police Sgt. Mike Salasky said. ``We know it wasn’t alcoholic.″

A sample of the liquid was being tested at a lab, Salasky said today.

The five teens ranged in age from 13 to 17. A sixth teen who was at the home but apparently didn’t drink any of the substance and hasn’t been able to give much information on what it was, Salasky said.

``Down the road he’ll be talked to a little bit more, once we figure out what the drug is,″ he said.

The victims were not immediately identified. A police statement said all of them were comatose this morning.

The victims initially were taken to Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. One was transferred to Spectrum Health hospital in Grand Rapids; two others were taken to Munson Hospital in Traverse City. Spokesmen at all three hospitals either would not release information this morning or did not return a call.

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