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'Date rape' drug to blame for overdoses that sent 3 to hospital

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- Police found three people unconscious from apparent drug overdoses after responding to an all-night party at a Cottonwood Heights apartment complex Sunday morning.
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- Police found three people unconscious from apparent drug overdoses after responding to an all-night party at a Cottonwood Heights apartment complex Sunday morning.

According to Cottonwood Heights Police, officers were called to the Pinnacle Highland apartment complex at about 7 a.m. Sunday on a noise complaint. Officers responded to the complex's pool area to find two people, a 20-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, unconscious among a group of 15 young adults who had been partying there through the night.

Officer Brian Eschtruth said a third person, a 23-year-old man, was walking around the pool area when police arrived and then collapsed into the water. Police were able to pull the man out of the water, but he was unconscious.

The three were fitted with breathing tubes and transported to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition, Eschtruth said. Police say the three had overdosed on a drug known as gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid, or GHB. The drug is a depressant often used as a "date rape" drug that can cause memory loss.

As of Sunday evening, the three patients were still in critical condition, Eschtruth said.
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