Did a man snort ten lines of cocaine during the countdown towards 2019 and was he subsequently taken to hospital with an overdose? No, that's not true: it did not happen in New York and it didn't happen in Santander, Spain either. The story was made up by a Spanish entertainment website and copied for the English version of the site. It is not real.
The story went viral in English via an article published by There Is News on January 1, 2019 titled "Snort 10 lines of cocaine during the new year's countdown and goes to the hospital" (archived here) which opened:
A young man goes to the hospital yesterday in New York after snorting 10 lines of cocaine during the New Year's countdown. A terrible act of immaturity that could have been fatal for him.
It happens at his home in Brooklyn, when A.M.J, 27 years old, was enjoying in a party with his friends and with all kind of drugs and alcohol. So, he think snorting 10 lines, one for each countdown number, was a great idea and decided to work about it. "This is going to be amazing, what could go wrong?", were his last words.
Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they would not have been aware this wasn't from a real news website (except for the terrible English):
A young man goes to the hospital yesterday in New York after snorting 10 lines of cocaine during the New Year's countdown. A terrible act of immaturity that could have been fatal for him. It happens at his home in Brooklyn, when A.M.J, 27 years old, was enjoying in a party with his friends and with all kind of drugs
However A.M.J. also seems to live in Santander in Spain according to this article in Spanish:
Un joven tuvo que ser ingresado de urgencia ayer en Santander después de meterse 12 rayas de cocaína seguidas durante las campanadas de Nochevieja. Un acto de inmadurez, el de sustituir las uvas por cocaína, que pudo costarle muy cara a su salud.
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