CAMERON COUNTY, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services released a statement on the number of patients seen in emergency rooms experiencing effects from a alcohol and drug mixture during Spring Break.
As reported earlier, some students are becoming ill and being admitted into emergency rooms after drinking the dangerous mixture. The department did not rule out or confirm that a drug called "Molly" as being the cause of the patients illness.
Below is the released statement that the Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services.
The Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services has been notified by local hospitals that a number of patients have been seen in the emergency rooms experiencing effects from alcohol and drug use. Some of these patients were tested using a drug panel, but at this time the county health department does not have confirmation of the type of drug(s) taken.
Currently, health officials have not confirmed or ruled out these reports may be due to the drug called “Molly”. The Molly cocktail is a mix of cocaine, bath salts or similar derivatives, and ecstasy taken with alcohol, water or other drink.
The Texas Health and Safety Code requires health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, schools, and others to report patients who are suspected of having a “notifiable condition”. As lab reports of drug consumption is not a notifiable condition, the Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services is unable to confirm the number of individuals reporting to the hospitals.
It is strongly advised that individuals drink responsibly and do not consume illegal substances. The Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services continues to work with local municipalities, government officials and health care officials to ensure the safety of its residents and visitors.
For additional information, please visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/investigation/conditions .