At least 8 attendees died during Travis Scott’s performance in Houston on Friday night.
Medical staff working on the event said they resuscitated a security guard who they said was drugged.
Overdose expert Peter Davidson said it was unlikely the security guard was injected with drugs.
Troy Finner, Chief of the Houston Police Department said at a press conference on Saturday that medical staff at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival reported that a security guard had been administered Narcan after attempting to restrain a participant.
“We have a report from a security guard, according to medical staff who had come out and treated him last night, that he was reaching out to restrain or grab a citizen and he felt a prick in his chest. neck, âFinner said.
Medical staff examined the unconscious security officer and administered Narcan, emergency treatment for opioid overdoses, Finner said at the press conference. He added that medical staff noticed a prick in the individual’s neck.
âLots of stories right now. Lots of them,â Finner said. âWe are simply asking you to give us time to do a proper investigation. “
When individuals are resuscitated with Narcan, toxicology is rarely conducted, making it difficult to verify exactly what happened, according to Peter Davidson, associate professor of medicine at the University of California at San Diego and overdose expert. drug.
Narcan is a prescription nasal spray drug used to treat known or suspected opioid overdoses. The drug is considered an “opioid antagonist,” which means it binds to opioid receptors, reversing and blocking the effects of opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Dr Ryan Marino, medical director of toxicology and addiction medicine at Cleveland University Hospitals, told Insider that stories of people handing out their own expensive drugs to strangers or trying to inject themselves with needles are “almost always nothing more than urban legends and are not supported in reality.”
Davidson agreed that it was “quite unlikely” that the security guard was injected with drugs.
“If that happened, it would be incredibly rare. It’s not usually the way people mistreat each other,” Davidson told Insider.
Still, Davidson added that he had no criticism of the medical team that administered Narcan in case the security guard overdosed. If Narcan is given to someone who does not have opioids in their system, it will have no effect on them, Davidson said.
Marino also advocated that Narcan should be readily available at places like festivals.
In addition to the security guard incident, at least 8 attendees died and 300 others were injured in a massively casualty event during Scott’s performance on Friday night. The organizers ended the event and canceled the second day of the festival.
Insider has contacted HPD for comment.
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