Herbal blend, puff, blazing: Pretoria school children hospitalised after smoking unknown 'drug'

2018-10-30 16:59
Screengrab from a video of a teenager being treated by paramedics after smoking an unknown substance in Pretoria

Screengrab from a video of a teenager being treated by paramedics after smoking an unknown substance in Pretoria

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Police have urgently sent an unknown substance for forensic testing since 14 young adults and teenagers from Pretoria were hospitalised after smoking the substance known as herbal blend, puff or blazing. 

On Monday afternoon, three teenagers from Pretoria West, still in their school uniform, had to be rushed to hospital after smoking the unknown substance. 

BestCare emergency services spokesperson Xander Loubser told News24 that the three teens were in a serious condition and were being treated for symptoms including seizures, psychosis, nausea, vomiting and hallucinations.

All three teens were stabilised and transported to Eugene Marais Hospital for further medical care. 

In a video seen by News24, one of the pupils is squirming and arguing with paramedics about the drip in his arm. He can also be heard denying that he smoked anything. 

Similar to marijuana

South African Police Service spokesperson Captain Augustina Selepe said the the unknown substance is packaged inside a black small bag. The substance is similar to marijuana Selepe said.

"SAPS have urgently sent the substance to a SAPS forensic lab for testing. Police have opened an enquiry waiting for forensic results." 

Police have also urged parents to remove suspicious packages that their children may have in their possession and report the matter to police.

Unknown substance, drug

Unknown substance, drug

(Images supplied)

Read more on:    pretoria

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.