Synthetic Marijuana Causes State of Emergency in New Hampshire

Synthetic Marijuana Causes State of Emergency in New Hampshire

A type of synthetic marijuana known as “Smacked” is causing major problems in New Hampshire, and the governor there has just declared a state of emergency because of it. Synthetic marijuana is a growing problem that has already resulted in the deaths of numerous people. Besides those who have died, many injuries and emergency room visits due to the drug have been reported.

One challenge that authorities face in stopping the deadly threat of this drug is that it is generally legal. Dealers get around the law by spraying chemicals on common spices or on potpourri. These chemicals have been altered so that while they resemble the compound found in real marijuana, they are different enough to slide by laws banning the authentic substance. They also get away with skirting the law by how they label the drug. It is often labeled as “potpourri” or “incense” along with the warning “not for human consumption.” Synthetic marijuana is also known by the name “Spice.”

While the drug is currently legal, police in New Hampshire are starting to crack down on stores selling it after several weeks of victims suffering overdoses. None of the patients in New Hampshire have died, but some have suffered side effects that have sent them to the hospital. Deaths from Spice have been reported throughout the country, and people can die after smoking the drug just one time. In a tragic case that has gone viral on Facebook,  a Southern California teen named Connor Reid Eckhardt died after slipping into a coma shortly after smoking Spice. His family distributed a number of photos showing the teen smiling at the beach just ten days prior to his death as well as a picture of him hooked up to life support and then, finally, a photo of his burial.

Eckhardt’s family says they released the photos in an effort to warn others about the deadly substance. Now, synthetic marijuana has caused a state of emergency to be declared in New Hampshire. Governor Maggie Hassan said that it is the state’s mission to stop more youth from being harmed and that the substance poses a “serious threat to public health.” She vowed to crack down on the stores engaged in selling the dangerous drug. While the drug is technically legal, authorities can go after the store owners selling it and hold them responsible for any injuries that occur.

There have been around 34 overdoses in New Hampshire since Monday evening. Tuesday evening, nine people were hospitalized after smoking the drug at a local park. Police say there seems to be a “bad batch” going around. Police seized a batch at one store and staged a raid over 50 other locations.

Side effects of the drug include severe anxiety and panic attacks; shaking, sweating, convulsions, confusion, weakness, coma and death. These effects can be intensified and the risk of death higher if the manufacturer uses what authorities describe as a “heavy hand” when they spray the chemicals onto the potpourri.

Synthetic marijuana has caused a state of emergency in New Hampshire, and authorities hope they can prevent potential fatalities. Of course, it is too late for the many people who have already lost their lives due to this deadly substance.

By: Rebecca Savastio

Sources:

New York Daily News

Fox News

Boston

 

 

2 Responses to "Synthetic Marijuana Causes State of Emergency in New Hampshire"

  1. a   August 17, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Not true before, not true now. Pot has been around ‘under the table’ since long before YOU were born, long before it was considered ‘illegal’. And guess what? People who smoked pot sniffed glue, shot heroin, snorted coke, popped uppers and downers, smoked hash, and drank alcohol. Just like today, so maybe you could check history first before you generalize.

    Spice is easy because you can buy it right off the shelf, and its there because some people found it could be an escape, we all have one (mine happens to be reading). But its mostly there because someone is making a LOT of money from it. The same sort of people who make a lot of money creating and/or selling any other illegald drug you can think of, and it is because of greed and money and NOTHING ELSE that it is on that shelf at all.

    You want to poison yourself, screw yourself for the rest of your life, go right ahead. Try doing that without hurting anyone who cares about you, good luck with that, too. You won’t be the first self-involved person to ignore everyone’s else’s lives in pursuit of ‘I want it, I’m doing it, I’m fine, nothing will happen to ME. And you can’t stop me, so there.’

    Go back to pot, at least it’s natural and won’t kill you. And because of all the work done by others (also long before you were born, and ever since) it is already on it’s way to becoming legal all over the US. Try helping with that effort, if you believe in it, instead of whining on here.

    BTW, my nephew is a pot smoker, though he can’t afford anything now, he has no job and I’m not giving him any more money. He has also done spice, the last I know of earlier this summer. Now, he has panic attacks, insomnia, anxiety, psychotic breaks, hallucinations, voices speaking to him constantly through ‘bugs implanted in his head without his written consent’ so that ‘they can film everything through my eyes’. He now tells me I’m part of this conspiracy. And the voices ‘tell him what to do’, so after arguing with them, he does.

    Any bad results? ‘They did it, and I couldn’t stop them’.

    How do I help with that?

    Don’t think it can’t happen to you, that’s what every one of those people who OD’d said to themselves and all their friends and relations, too.

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  2. Jeffrey Garvin   August 15, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Ya know that stuff wouldn’t exits if cannabis was legal. Thanks prohibition!

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