NH Governor Declares Emergency Over Drug Called ‘Spice’

There are a lot of drugs being sold and shared. It is indeed unfortunate that so many need these escape avenues and can’t find satisfaction and happiness any other way.  

‘Smacked’ is one brand of so-called “spice” sold in New Hampshire stores. (Manchester Police Department via NHPR).

Gov. Maggie Hassan has declared a state of emergency to allow public health officials to investigate and quarantine synthetic drugs linked to recent overdoses after more than 40 people suffered serious medical reactions after using a substance called “spice.” She says the department will work with police to quarantine the bubblegum flavor of a product named ‘‘Smacked!’’ Such products are labeled as ‘‘herbal incense’’ but are known to be smoked or brewed.

Authorities say at least 41 people in the Manchester area have experienced serious medical reactions to synthetic cannabinoids known as ‘‘spice’’ that are chemically engineered substances similar to the active ingredient in marijuana. Concord police have reported at least three cases since Wednesday.

The synthetic marijuana substance is sold in convenience stores and gas stations, and state authorities in New Hampshire and neighboring states are looking at how to ban it.

Ryan Lessard of New Hampshire Public Radio joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti with details.

Read more on this story via NHPR


article source: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/08/18/synthetic-marijuana-spice

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