More than 90 young people were hospitalized following a concert headlined by Chance the Rapper on Friday night in Connecticut. According to WENN.com, the three-time Grammy Award winning artist performed a sold out show at Hot 93.7's Hot Jam concert at the Xfinity theater in Hartford.
About 90 concertgoers passed out drunk or otherwise exhibited signs of alcohol intoxiticy following the rapper's set.
The 21,000 capacity theater crowd consisted of mostly teenagers and young adults in their early twenties. Ambulances lined up outside the theater to transport the drunken concertgoers to the hospital.
Some of the affected teens were treated at the scene by medical staff and about 70 officers assigned to the concert. Police issued multiple citations for underage drinking.
Patients were taken to three area hospitals. Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford received at least 15 teenagers from the concert.
"It's just crazy. It's not like adult social drinking, where you're out with friends or family and you have a glass of wine or beer, or two, or three," said John Brancato, assistant director of the hospital's pediatric emergency department.
"With the kids, they drink with one sole purpose, and they don't understand anything about how their bodies will handle it," he said.
Deputy Chief Brian Foley tells CNN that tailgating, partying, underage drinking excessive alcohol consumption were "extremely prevalent" at the concert.
"A typical concert is around 20-30 transports. Sixty would be very bad. We had 70 once and 90 last night," Foley told the Hartford Courant newspaper.
A Lady Antebellum concert is scheduled for next Saturday night at the Xfinity Theatre. Police urge parents to be diligent and discuss the perils of underage drinking with their youngsters.
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