Pretoria school pupils hospitalised after smoking unknown 'drug'
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Police have urged parents and shop owners to remove any suspicious black packages that children may have in their possession or found on their shop counters.

Screengrab from a video of a teenager being treated by paramedics after smoking an unknown substance in Pretoria
Screengrab from a video of a pupil being treated by paramedics after smoking an unknown substance in Pretoria / Facebook.

Police have sent an unknown substance for urgent forensic testing, after 13 teenagers from Pretoria were hospitalised for smoking the substance.

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The substance is known as herbal blend, puff or blazing. 

A few videos have gone viral showing teenagers from Pretoria West, still in their school uniform, in a serious condition. 

The pupils were rushed to hospital and treated for symptoms including seizures, psychosis, nausea, vomiting, and hallucinations.

Police spokesperson Augustinah Selepe, says the children were released from hospital late on Tuesday night. 

"We have not received any information about any deaths, after messages were circulated that two of the pupils died."

In the video, one of the pupils is seen arguing with paramedics about the drip in his arm. He also denies that he smoked anything.

Selepe says they have been called out to various incidents since Sunday.

Selepe adds police are currently waiting for the results of the tests to confirm the substances used in the drug. 

The Pretoria Moot Rekord reported that this is what the drug and packaging look like:

herbal blend, puff or blazing.
Herbal blend, puff or blazing / Supplied.
herbal blend, puff or blazing.
Herbal blend, puff or blazing packaging / Supplied.

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