Synthetic Marijuana Sends More Than 2 Dozen to UMMC

Medical experts at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are stressing the dangers of using “spice,” a synthetic but very potent form of marijuana, after more than two dozen people were treated for adverse effects of the drug over the Easter weekend.

About 26 people since Thursday night have been seen at UMMC’s Emergency Department for symptoms of spice overdose, and the drug is suspected of causing the death of another person, said Dr. Robert Galli, a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and executive director of TelEmergency.

A total 28 individuals sickened by the drug have been tracked by the Mississippi Regional Poison Control Center since Thursday, state Department of Health officials say. The drug “causes very significant adverse health consequences involving emergency care and hospitalization,” Galli said.

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