Synthetic pot sends hundreds to ERs in past month

Synthetic pot sends hundreds to ERs in past month
In the past month, more than 300 people in Alabama and Mississippi have sought emergency care after using synthetic marijuana, according to health officials.
(HealthDay)—In the past month, more than 300 people in Alabama and Mississippi have sought emergency care after using synthetic marijuana, according to health officials.

Synthetic marijuana, also called spice, is sold illegally in convenience stores. Officials said there have been 227 spice-related emergency department visits in Mississippi since April 2, and 98 suspected spice-related emergency department visits in Alabama in the past month, ABC News reported.

Short-term effects include seizures, hallucinations, increased heart rate, anxiety attacks, uncontrollable rage, and , while the long-term effects are unknown, according to Alabama state health officer Donald Williamson, M.D. "We want the public to be aware of the toxic effects and other dangers associated with use," he said in a news release, ABC News reported.

Spice contains "unpredictable" chemicals that can also result in coma, according to . In Hampton, Va., one woman died and six others were hospitalized over one weekend after using spice. Last August, New Hampshire officials declared a state of emergency after 20 people who used synthetic marijuana sought hospital treatment, ABC News reported.


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rgw
Apr 19, 2015
These 'synthetic marijuana' symptoms are right out of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics fantasies of "Reefer Madness'.

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