Nationwide News understands that at least 56 students of the Ocho Rios Primary School were rushed to the St. Ann’s Bay Regional hospital today after reportedly consuming sweets sold to them by a vendor.
The sweets were laced with cannabis.
It’s understood the candy is ‘Sour Belts’.
In an image obtained by Nationwide News, the candy packaging says its infused with THC.
This is a psychoactive cannabinoid extracted from the cannabis or marijuana plant.
At the back of the candy, there’s a government warning that it is not a US Food and Drug Administration, FDA, approved product.
According to information received from the office of the Senior Medical Officer in St. Ann, the students were rushed to the hospital with mild to severe symptoms of dehydration, dizziness and drowsiness.
The SMO’s office says 39 girls and 17 boys were being treated at the the Accident and Emergency Unit at St. Ann’s Bay Hospital.
They are between 7 and 12 years old.
The SMO’s office says some of the students were resuscitated with oral salts while others are being kept for further observation.
It’s understood that the male vendor who sold the sweets is not a regular vendor at Ocho Rios Primary.