Seven people died at a music festival in Hanoi after overdosing on drugs on Sunday, while another five were in a coma. All seven of the fatalities tested positive for an unnamed drug, AFP reported.
Five others were in comas in two hospitals in Hanoi. According to officials, all the deceased were in their 20s. The ages of those hospitalized ranged from 18 to 30.
The show, called Trip To The Moon, was part of the Vietnam Electronic Weekend held at West Lake, Hanoi, an upscale neighborhood known for its nightlife. Hundreds of clubbers jointed the event which saw EDM stars such a Headhunterz and Yellow Claw perform.
Authorities have banned all similar events as they investigate to see what drugs were used at the event. Official statistics indicate there are about 220,000 registered drug users in the country.
Among the country’s young clubbers, synthetic drugs such as ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine have become trendy. Heroin is also commonly used in the country.
In Vietnam, records showed that drug overdoses kill about 1,600 people every year, the Associated Press reported.