MDA notes rise in Lag Baomer binge drinking

MDA treats 40 inebriated people; 15 people stabbed; also several treated for burns, dehydration, injuries.

May 12, 2009 09:46
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lag baomer fire 298.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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On Lag Baomer this year Magen David Adom noted a rise in the amount of alcohol ingested by teenagers. Approximately 40 teens and children required MDA treatment over binge drinking. The most serious case was noted in the North, where MDA - Carmel evacuated a 13-year-old boy to Rambam Hospital in Haifa unconscious after he passed out from excessive drinking. In all cases where paramedics were called for help, the inebriated teens were accompanied by friends who also had alcohol in their blood, but in lower quantities. Nine youths suffered burns from bonfires. A Modi'in resident, 17, was moderately injured after throwing a container with flammable materials into a bonfire which then exploded and set his shirt on fire. The boy was 40 percent burnt in the head and chest and evacuated for medical treatment. In Bat Yam, a team of paramedics were assaulted by the group of youngsters which called them for help, and police intervention was necessary. Five people were stabbed overnight in Ashdod, Tel Aviv and Ashkelon. 115 people were treated for dehydration and various other light injuries.

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