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2 die after taking drugs in therapy

September 21, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A doctor leading a group therapy session gave participants drugs and other substances that killed two and left 10 hospitalized, Berlin police said. One person was comatose and in critical condition.

The doctor who led the session Saturday has acknowledged giving the participants various substances and drugs during the meeting, said Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor's office. It was not clear whether illegal drugs were given and whether the substances were injected or taken orally.

A police statement said autopsies have been carried out, but "the chemical-toxicological investigation will take a while."

The 50-year-old doctor was detained and a homicide division was investigating the case, police said.

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