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Alberta boy, 16, charged after two teens overdose on synthetic drugs

St. Albert RCMP

Credits: Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

QMI Agency

DMONTON - A 16-year-old has been charged after two St. Albert, Alta., teens overdosed on synthetic drugs, RCMP said.

On Monday, a 14-year-old and 16-year-old boy were found unconscious, in separate locations in St. Albert, just north of Edmonton, after smoking the drug together.

It took about a minute for both teens to begin feeling the effects, which Mounties initially believed was synthetic marijuana, but later said was a synthetic compound drug.

Both teens went into "intense medical distress" and were rushed to hospital. They have since been released.

The 16-year-old suspect, who is known to both teens, has been charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and breach of probation.

The teen, who can't be identified, made his first court appearance in Edmonton Thursday.

He's due in a St. Albert court Nov. 5.

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