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8 Hospitalized After Possible Drug Overdoses in Downtown L.A.

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Eight people were hospitalized over the course of Friday evening after suffering possible drug overdoses on Skid Row, police said, upping a previous count by two.

A Los Angeles Police Department officer also was treated and released at a hospital after an odor in the area caused him to become ill, LAPD Central Division Sgt. Chris Allen said.

“The officer had to do with an odor in the air, but the others, I believe, was overdoses from drugs,” Allen said of the hospitalizations. “It has to do with narcotics.”

The type of drug or drugs involved in the incident was unknown, Allen said. He did not know the condition of those hospitalized.

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