Two more suspected drug overdoses logged at Park City nightclub
Two people at a Main Street nightclub are suspected of overdosing on drugs within minutes of each other on a recent night, the Park City Police Department said, the fourth and fifth cases involving similar circumstances at the nightclub.
The two cases were reported in the 12 a.m. hour at Park City Live, the largest nightclub on Main Street. The first one was reported at 12:29 a.m. on Feb. 12 while the second case followed at 12:45 a.m.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said both of the people are suspected of overdosing on a drug called GHB. It is known as a date-rape drug since people who use GHB sometimes pass out.
In the incident reported at 12:29 a.m., the police and emergency medical personnel were called to the nightclub. Kirk said police officers found an unconscious 24-year-old man from Syracuse lying on stairs close to a door on the south side of Park City Live. Friends were with him. Kirk said the man also consumed alcohol. An ambulance took the man to Park City Medical Center.
While the police and medical personnel were still at Park City Live, the second case was reported on the dance floor. Kirk said the man is 25 years old and from Georgia. The man was "in and out of consciousness and exhibiting signs of an overdose," the Police Department said in an online statement. Police officers indicated the man may have been suffering seizures, Kirk said.
An ambulance took the man to Park City Medical Center. Kirk said he was later taken by a medical helicopter to a hospital in Salt Lake City.
The Police Department did not have information about the condition of the two afterward.
"We simply can’t ignore that this is (a) very serious medical issue we’re having there," Kirk said.
Kirk said the Police Department has increased its walk-through patrols of Park City Live recently as a result of the suspected overdoses. He said the Police Department is considering using plainclothes officers for the walk-through patrols at the nightclub. Kirk also said he spoke to the management team at Park City Live. The management told Kirk the nightclub would increase its efforts to stop people from bringing drugs inside, according to Kirk.
The cases on Feb. 12 followed less than a month after three similar incidents — each a suspected drug overdose — occurred in one night at Park City Live. The Jan. 17 cases were suspected drug overdoses. The police said it appeared that two of the people took GHB while details about the third one were not available. The three people involved in the Feb. 12 cases were transported to Park City Medical Center. The Police Department has not yet received toxicology reports that will show whether the people had used GHB or other drugs.
Ryan Dahlstrom, the general manager and director of operations at Park City Live, said on Friday the nightclub has been in talks with the Police Department and another meeting is planned next week.
He said Park City Live recently began checking bags and purses before someone is allowed inside. Nightclub security guards are asking people to open their jackets and are using flashlights as they look for alcohol, drugs or weapons. Park City Live, meanwhile, plans to position security guards on a bus that picks patrons up in Salt Lake City to bring them to the nightclub. The bus is used to combat drunken driving. Dahlstrom said Park City Live staffers call the police and the Park City Fire District when it appears someone is using illegal substances inside the club.
"We’re going to do everything we can to deter those individuals from coming up here," Dahlstrom said, adding that the nightclub intends to press charges against people found to be engaging in illegal activities like using drugs.
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