At least 20 people have died and 74 have been hospitalized in the suburbs of Buenos Aires after massive poisoning from adulterated cocaine, authorities said on Wednesday.
An initial toll of 12 dead and fifty hospitalized increased over the evening, with victims admitted to eight hospitals in the agglomeration, confirmed a spokesperson for the provincial government of Buenos Aires.
The authorities on Wednesday afternoon launched an urgent appeal through the media. “Those who bought drugs in the last 24 hours should throw them away,” said Buenos Aires provincial security minister Sergio Berni. Authorities are “trying to locate the toxic substance to remove it from circulation”, he added.