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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Bad Batch of Synthetic Marijuana in Southern California

People continue to use controversial synthetic drugs, such as bath salts and Spice (synthetic marijuana), despite the persistent onslaught of reports in the news about the dangers their use. Synthetic drugs are manufactured with little oversight, and even less testing to determine the effects the drugs might have on humans. Naturally, without checks and balances the chemicals used to make the drugs are likely to produce unpredictable side effects - often requiring hospitalization.

In California, the sale of synthetic marijuana like Spice or K2 is illegal, yet people still find ways to get their hands on the dangerous products. In the last 2 weeks of November, over 24 people needed medical attention in the San Diego area after using a bad batch of Spice, Fox5 reports. The synthetic cannabinoid, according to police officials, came in a black package with blue dragons on the side.

The most recent incident involved 12 juveniles and adults who required medical attention after they experienced a number of adverse symptoms. San Diego Police Department Sgt. Ray Battrick said the side effects users experienced included unconsciousness, headaches, and violent vomiting. Some of the patients were in critical condition after overdosing on the bad batch.

Several arrests have been made in connection with the incidents, according to the article. The San Diego Police Department is asking that anyone with information on the drug or its makers come forward. Call 619-531-2000 - all reports can be made anonymously.

You can watch a short video on the incident below:

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.

Synthetic drugs are hardly safe, in any form, and many users are of the opinion that the drugs are legal. Synthetic drug manufacturers are constantly altering the formula of the chemicals, in order to stay ahead of government bans. This means that users have no way of knowing what kind of side effects to expect. What’s more, synthetic drugs can be addictive, requiring treatment to recover. If you, or a loved one, are using synthetic drugs, please contact Hope by The Sea for help.

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