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5 Still in Hospital from Bad Drug Batch

After a weekend scare, in which more than two dozen people were treated at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, the threat from a bad batch of synthetic drugs called “spice” eased, with five remaining hospitalized. But health and law enforcement officials are on the alert for more cases, according to The Gainesville Sun.  
Officers raided the Land B4 Time smoke shop, where some of the patients had purchased the synthetic drugs, but no criminal charges have been filed at this point.  Most of those who became ill from the drug were thought to be homeless, police said. They said the suspect products were thought to be Scooby Snax and Purple Flake.

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