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  1. Basoodler

    DENVER — The University of Colorado Hospital was warning marijuana users about two particular batches of synthetic marijuana on Thursday, after they say their hospital and others in the Denver Metro area have seen a spike in patients.

    The numbers of new patients seemed to grow by the hour for a while Thursday.

    According to hospital spokesperson Dan Weaver, the director the CU Hospital’s emergency department, Dr. Rich Zane, said 20 “very ill” patients have required treatment in the last 24 hours due to a reaction from “Spice” and/or “Black Mamba.” Weaver said those are two named batches of synthetic marijuana.

    “Dr. Zane says other emergency rooms in the Denver area are also seeing numerous patients,” Weaver said. “He thinks there might be a bad batch of the drugs in the community.”

    The Medical Center of Aurora also confirmed they were treating a large number of ER patients for exposure to synthetic marijuana, saying they has seen 15 such patients since Monday and four in the last 24 hours.

    8/29/13

    http://kdvr.com/2013/08/29/2-batches-of-synthetic-marijuana-landing-users-in-denver-hospitals/

    - Black mamba brand has been specifically named
    )
    - update: 9-15-13. Total sick has increased to 150, the number of suspected products has increased as well

    Product names identified in the investigation are: Black Mamba, Crazy Monkey, Crazy Clown, Dead Man Walking, Funky Monkey, Sexy Monkey, SinX, Spice, TenX, Twilight and 3X.
    9-15-13



    Georgia cases that are being investigated for a possible conection

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  1. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    Colorado health officials say 3 deaths may be linked to synthetic marijuana; 75 people sickened 9-6-13

    DENVER - Colorado health officials say three deaths may be linked to people smoking synthetic marijuana that has sickened 75 people and triggered an epidemiological investigation by local, state and federal officials.

    "Initial reports show approximately 75 people who reported smoking a form of synthetic marijuana may have been seen at hospitals in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs beginning in late August," Dr. Tista Ghosh, interim chief medical officer for the state, said Friday. "Several individuals were in intensive care and three deaths are being investigated as possibly associated."

    "Don't wait for the results of this investigation. If you have synthetic marijuana, stop using it and destroy it," Dr. Ghosh warned.

    Samuel Alvarado told 7NEWS his 26-year-old son, Samuel Jr., was rushed to Denver Health Medical Center Friday morning after he began suffering hallucinations.

    "All of a sudden, he was acting like he was playing football with somebody," the father said. "All of a sudden, he was acting like he was walking a dog."

    "It is scary. It's really scary," the father said. "I thought I was going to lose him. I though he was going to die on us."

    Mark Salley, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said he didn't have information on where the suspected drug-linked deaths have occurred. The state health agency, Tri-County Health Department, Denver Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are involved in the investigation.

    A four-member CDC team, including a toxicologist and an epidemiologist, are expected to arrive in Denver on Monday to assist in the investigation.

    Meanwhile, Colorado public health officials say they're talking with their counterparts in Georgia, which has also had a jump in hospitalizations related to synthetic marijuana use.

    As of Thursday, there have been 25 reported cases in the Brunswick, Georgia, area and one case in Athens, said Nancy Nydam, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Public Health. But in all the Georgia cases, the drugs were purchased in Brunswick, she added.

    The illegal synthetic drug -- sold under the names "Spice," "K-2," "Black Mamba" and "Crazy Monkey" -- is often marketed as incense on the packaging, but users smoke the drug.

    State and local health officials will be working with area hospitals to complete chart reviews of patients who were sickened by the synthetic marijuana. All investigatory records, including medical records, are confidential under state law and will remain so in this investigation, state officials said.

    The state health agency says it routinely works with local public health agencies to investigate disease or illness outbreaks from communicable diseases and food borne illnesses. As with those investigations, the purpose of this investigation is to identify the cause of the illness so the public can be warned to avoid exposure.


    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/web...inked-to-sythentic-marijuana-75-people-sicked
  2. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead


    DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado authorities are investigating the deaths of three people and the hospitalization of 75 others who fell ill in recent weeks after possibly smoking synthetic marijuana popularly known by the street name "Spice," officials said on Friday.

    The state health department said that since late August, hospitals in the Denver metropolitan area and in Colorado Springs have treated dozens of patients who may have ingested dangerous synthetic pot.

    "Several individuals were in intensive care and three deaths are being investigated as possibly associated," a statement from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said. It added that 75 patients were hospitalized but survived.

    Colorado and Washington state last year became the first two U.S. states to legalize the adult recreational use of marijuana despite a federal ban on the drug, while the legality of synthetic versions of the drug in Colorado can vary depending on their ingredients.

    The outbreak of illnesses possibly tied to synthetic pot indicates it may continue to be popular in some circles despite the newfound legality at the state level of its natural cousin.

    Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project and a leading player in the push to legalize pot in Colorado, said some synthetic marijuana users may continue to opt for that drug because stores selling cannabis to the recreational market are not slated to open until 2014.

    He added that users can be "steered toward these harmful substances" because it is easier to pass workplace drug tests after using synthetic pot than actual marijuana, since the chemicals in the designer drug are harder to detect.

    MARKETED AS 'SAFE'

    Synthetic marijuana products are marketed and sold as "safe" alternatives to marijuana, but they can cause psychotic effects such as extreme anxiety as well as reduce blood supply to the heart, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    The products are made of dried plants, but their active ingredients are synthetic cannabinoid compounds, the institute said on its website.

    Synthetic marijuana has been easy to buy in head shops, gas stations and over the Internet, and is the second most abused illegal substance by high school seniors behind marijuana, according to NIDA.

    Synthetic marijuana is sold under several names, including Black Mamba, Monkey Spice, K2, Twilight and Herbal Incense, but no single product has been identified as the source for the reported illnesses or fatalities, the health department said.

    But certain forms of synthetic pot have beenoutlawed in a number of states in recent years. Manufacturers of the drug have attempted to evade legal restrictions by substituting different chemicals in their mixtures, according to NIDA.

    Synthetic marijuana made from certain chemical compounds is illegal in Colorado under a bill approved in 2011. Also, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has designated five active compounds frequently found in synthetic pot mixtures as controlled substances.

    But authorities have not yet determined what chemicals wereresponsible forthe recent cluster of illnesses, said Carolyn Tyler, spokeswoman for the Colorado Attorney General's Office.

    "We still need to look at what the chemical compound is," she said, adding that lab work will be required in this case.

    (Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis, Cynthia Johnston and Tim Dobbyn)

    9-6-13

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE98516A20130906?irpc=932
  3. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    [B}DENVER — Colorado's health department is teaming up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with local health agencies to investigate dozens of recent hospital admissions related to synthetic marijuana use.
    [/b]
    Three deaths may be related to the drugs, which are illegal and whose chemical content, including chemicals sprayed onto the substance, is unknown, health officials said. Hospitals in the Denver and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas have reported about 75 cases of synthetic pot illness in recent weeks.

    Emergency room patients often are aggressive toward caregivers, and treatment can last for days. Some users reportedly had run into traffic or jumped from heights after taking the drug.

    "Several individuals were in intensive care, and three deaths are being investigated as possibly associated," the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in a statement Friday.

    The CDC is sending four people for the investigation, which will look at medical charts of patients reporting the symptoms and study toxicology results. Investigators hope to determine if the same product is responsible or several products.

    Synthetic pot usually consists of dried herb sprayed with chemicals that can mimic the effects of marijuana without leaving a THC trace in urine samples, The Denver Post reported Friday.

    It is sold in teabag-size packets with names like Spice, Black Mamba, Monkey Spice, K2, Twilight and Herbal Incense, the department said in a release. No single product has been identified as the source for these reported illnesses, the state said.

    Hospital officials say they see periodic surges in synthetic pot cases. Dr. Tisha Ghosh, interim chief medical officer for the state, urged citizens to destroy any synthetic pot they might have.

    http://m.therepublic.com/view/story/6f027ac62ef840debffc1eb04afda8ca/CO--Synthetic-Pot-Probe
  4. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

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    Doctors blame bad batch of synthetic marijuana and Phish concert for the hospitalization of more than 60 people over Labor Day weekend

    More than 60 people have been admitted to Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado-area hospitals over the past week Most of the patients have admitted to taking a synthetic form of marijuana known as 'Black Mamba' The synthetic drug has been outlawed in many states - including Colorado - for it's sometimes fatal side effects Health officials also believe that three Phish concerts over Labor Day weekend may have contributed to the outbreak

    Authorities in Colorado believe a bad batch of synthetic marijuana combined with a Phish concert is responsible for the hospitalization of more than 60 people over the past week. Denver and Colorado Springs-area hospitals first started noticing more patients being admitted to the emergency room suffering from a bad reaction to the drug 'Black Mamba' last Tuesday. But that number grew to more than 60 over the Labor Day weekend, corresponding with a three-day Phish concert at Dick's Sporting Goods Stadium in Denver.

    'Black Mamba', also known as 'K2' or 'Spice', is a synthetic form of marijuana produced when a chemical substance which mimics the effects of THC is sprayed on herbs. The drug used to be legal, but has since been outlawed in may states, including Colorado, for the sometimes fatal side effects and the fact that it can be 800 times more potent than THC. The synthetic drug can be purchased on the black market, or sometimes found in liquor stores marketed as incense

    Charge nurse Amanda Puhal of the University of Colorado Hospital has worked in emergency rooms for 11 years, and says she has never witnessed an outbreak this bad. Denver Health Medical Center has reported patients being admitted screaming and violent -completely out of control.

    Others have been admitted unresponsive or having seizures. Doctors have put several patients on life support and some are in comas. 'There have been reported fatalities in other states,' emergency room doctor Jeffrey Sankoff told 7News. 'In our cases, abusers have been out in traffic, they've jumped off buildings. Agitation to the point where they're totally out of mind.' Medical toxicologist Dr Kennon Heard said he wouldn't be surprised if someone dies in this outbreak. 'The truth is that these people are sick enough that if they didn't get health care, there's a good chance that some of them wouldn't have made it,' Heard said. While Denver doctors say it's clear that there's a bad batch of the synthetic drug being distributed, the Phish concert this past weekend may also be to blame for the spike in emergency room visits, as the band's performances are known to incite marijuana usage.


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...pitalization-60-people-Labor-Day-weekend.html

  5. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    Denver-area emergency room doctors report outbreak of illness from Spice, Black Mamba



    DENVER - Doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital are warning about a possible bad batch of synthetic marijuana in the Denver metro area.

    University Hospital said its emergency department has seen more than three patients Thursday and more than 20 very ill patients within the last few weeks.

    Denver Health reports seeing three patients Wednesday and two on Tuesday.

    Several of the patients arrived at the emergency room unresponsive. Each one of them was having a reaction to Spice and/or Black Mamba -- two forms of synthetic marijuana, according to Dr. Rich Zane.

    Zane said other emergency rooms in the metro area are also seeing numerous patients with ill effects from the drugs.

    "It's pretty clear that there's some very bad stuff out there right now," said Dr. Kennon Heard, a medical toxicologist and UCH.

    "Patients come in and have no gag reflex and are not breathing on their own," said Amanda Puhal, charge nurse at UCH. "And we have to put a tube down their throat to breathe for them."

    "They are hallucinating, they are very much not themselves," said Dr. Jeffrey Sankoff, an emergency department physician at Denver Health. "The cannabinoid itself is not dangerous. The issue is that it's been contaminated or altered with other substances."

    Synthetic marijuana hit the market several years ago, was banned and now appears to be back and worse than ever.

    "Just out of the blue it's come back," said Sankoff.

    "I've been in emergency medicine for the last 11 years, and I've never seen a problem like this before," said Puhal.

    "In the past two weeks, in the hospitals throughout Denver, we've seen an outbreak of a large number of people who've gotten very severely ill," said Heard. "It's actually made in a lab and then sprayed on plant material and then people smoke it. And you never know exactly what you're getting."

    Doctors at UCH say this potential bad batch, combined with a Phish concert this weekend at Dick's Sporting Goods Park could result in a particularly troubling spike.

    "There have been reported fatalities in other states," said Sankoff. "In our cases, abusers have been out in traffic, they've jumped off buildings. Agitation to the point where they're totally out of mind."

    "Psychotic episodes, suppressed breathing," said Puhal.

    "The truth is that these people are sick enough that if they didn't get to health care, there's a good chance that some of them wouldn't have made it," said Heard.

    Doctors say the marijuana substitutes sold under names like Spice, K2 and Black Mamba are typically made up of herbs, mixed with a powerful synthetic chemical that mimics the effects of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

    While the packaging often calls these spices "incense" and says "not for human consumption," some people still smoke it.

    Officials with the Rocky Mountain Poison Control Center told 7NEWS most of the drugs have not been tested on humans and were never meant to be ingested.

    The substance was created in medical labs by a Clemson University researcher as a way to study the effects of marijuana on lab animals. It has a different molecular structure than marijuana, but was designed to stimulate the same receptors, according to the RMPCC.

    In 2011, it became a misdemeanor to possess the substance in Colorado.



    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/new...rt-outbreak-of-illness-from-spice-black-mamba
  6. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    KUSA- The University of Colorado Hospital says it's seen eight new patients with bad reactions to synthetic marijuana products known as "Spice" and "Black Mamba."

    The hospital says four patients were admitted Tuesday night and another four came in Wednesday morning.

    "The availability and the ability to smoke it without being detected are two really, really attractive features of using this drug. So, that's why I think a lot of people use it," said Dr. Christopher Hoyte, assistant professor, department of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital.

    Roughly 40 patients with reactions to the drug have visited the hospital ER in the last two weeks. Some patients have been unconscious and unable to breathe on their own after ingesting Black Mamba or Spice.

    "Patients who have come into our emergency department have had to be intubated, placed on ventilators to help them breathe because they are unable to breathe for themselves. They've become so agitated that they've jumped out of cars, people were jumping out of cars hurting themselves so this batch of synthetics is very, very toxic especially in comparison to normal marijuana," said Hoyte.

    Synthetic marijuana products are illegal, but the makers are finding creative ways to skirt the laws.

    "What the smart street chemists are doing is that they're changing the chemical structure of the molecule to try to put it in a category that's outside of the class of drugs that's illegal, so by changing the structure they're making it a 'legal substance,'" said Hoyte.

    Because the composition of the drug is always changing, doctors are not sure what's causing the bad reactions.

    "Either it's a new cannabinoid that hasn't been discovered yet or it might be a contaminate in the batch that people are using," said Hoyte.

    The state health department has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist in its investigation

    9-4-13
    http://www.9news.com/news/article/353667/339/8-more-illnesses-related-to-synthetic-marijuana
  7. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    Synthetic-marijuana cases still plaguing metro Denver ERs
    9-5-13

    A surge in emergency cases from use of synthetic-marijuana products continues to plague first-responders in the metro area, according to an update from University of Colorado Hospital.

    Local emergency rooms reported last week a new spate of confused and violent patients from use of the synthetic material, which is sold in small packets and looks like dried herbs or sand. The danger is in an undisclosed chemical mix sprayed onto the material.

    University had four more patients Tuesday and four Wednesday morning, suffering from bad reactions that include hallucination, disorientation and behavior that can be violent to themselves or others.

    Doctors have described reactions such as jumping off ledges or into traffic, and lashing out at emergency responders and hospital personnel.

    University said it has seen about 40 patients total in the latest wave, which doctors said came after about a year of relative quiet from the synthetic drugs. They are often sold under brand names or street names such as Black Mamba or Spice.

    "Please continue spreading the word that this drug is dangerous — because it's definitely still in our community," a University spokesman said.

    Denver Health and the HealthONE hospital group, including Medical Center of Aurora, also reported large increases in patients with reactions to the materials in recent weeks.

    The banned synthetics, sold as a replacement for marijuana, allegedly can bypass urine tests, but they often have other dangerous chemicals added in, health officials said.

    Treatment can involve sedating and restraining patients for hours or even days until the synthetic chemicals wear off, doctors say. ERs may employ IV fluids to help flush drugs from the body.

    Patients have usually smoked the material.

    http://www.denverpost.com/breakingn...ijuana-continue-plague-metro-denver-emergency
  8. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    Denver ERs say synthetic pot spurs surge of agitated, violent patients


    POSTED: 08/29/2013 11:02:49 AM MDT | UPDATED: ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO

    Metro-area emergency rooms are seeing a surge of patients who are agitated and violent after using synthetic marijuana, according to hospital officials.

    University of Colorado Hospital's emergency department has taken in 20 to 30 patients in the last few days whose symptoms were apparently related to using synthetic marijuana, according to a spokesman.

    Denver Health said it has seen a flurry of patients in recent weeks after a long quiet period, and now takes in a few patients each weekend evening with the agitated symptoms.

    "It's quite striking how many patients we've had," said Dr. Jeff Sankoff of the Denver Health emergency department.

    HealthONE, comprising the largest group of metro hospitals, said its Medical Center of Aurora has seen 15 cases since Monday, and four in the past 24 hours.

    The banned synthetics are sold as a replacement for marijuana, and allegedly can bypass urine tests, but they often have other dangerous chemicals added in, health officials said.

    Users who get agitated will run into traffic, jump off balconies, fight with responding police and lash out at emergency workers, said Sankoff. He said he didn't believe any recent patient has died, but they are dangerous to themselves and others.

    Treatment can involve sedating and restraining them for hours or even days until the synthetic chemicals wear off, he said. Doctors may use IV fluids to help flush drugs from the body, said Dr. Chris Hoyt, director of the medical toxicology clinic at University.

    Patients have usually smoked the material, which comes in packets and looks like dried herbs or sand. Common brand or street names include Spice, Black Mamba or Smoke.

    "Nobody knows what they're getting when they get this stuff," Sankoff said.

    Denver Police said they are aware of the rash of new illnesses, but face multiple challenges in attacking the problem. When confiscated synthetics are analyzed, they sometimes include a mix of controlled-substance chemicals that can be prosecuted, said Denver Police spokesman John White . Other times, though, the analysis turns up marijuana that is now legal under Colorado law, White said.

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration banned many versions of the synthetic in 2011. Colorado and other states moved on state legislation to close loopholes they said were left after the DEA's action; different chemicals can be used in the synthetics, and some of the product makers said their mix was not covered by the DEA ban.

    Despite the bans, emergency officials see periodic spikes in usage and illnesses. Denver Health's ER had been quiet, with "zero" cases for about a year, before the new surge, Sankoff said.

    If friends or family members know someone has used the synthetic, they should watch them carefully and keep them from getting agitated or overstimulated whenever possible, doctors said. If they are already becoming agitated or violent, then call 911, doctors added.

    http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23973376
  9. ianzombie
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    The above quotes are taken from post #5
    It almost comes across as something the onion might post.
    Are they really blaming the concert for some of these people?

    Phish should probably come with a health warning.
    'Not of human consumption'
  10. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    It is interesting that almost all of the articles mention jumping out of cars, windows and ledges..

    . Some say Hallucinations and agitation and Aggression

    others say they come in unresponsive, possible comas, need a breathing machine.

    Could it be 2 drugs?

    I think the fact that Dr's are Being quoted talking about breathing tubes and people coming in unresponsive is frightning. Those symptoms are not what I would associate with cannabinoids.

    If you take this at face value it sounds like a deleriant.. I'm not saying that it is.. even down to the dad sayimg his kid was playing imaginary football then started walking an invisable dog

    Ian I noticed that too. I was waiting for the author to throw in a "Damn hippies"
  11. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    Deadly ‘spice’ variant in stores, health officials warn parents[



    A type of synthetic marijuana known as “Spice” was banned in Georgia last year. But it appears its life-threatening replacement can now be found on the shelves of some convenience stores and smoke shops and the Ga. Dept. of Public Health (DPH) is warning consumers to avoid it.

    “DPH has become aware of a dangerous, potentially lethal substance surfacing in convenience stores and smoke shops. DPH has issued an emergency communication to about 40,000 licensed physicians and physician’s assistants in Georgia. When ingested or inhaled this neurotoxin can render a person motionless and/or unconscious and cause severe cardiac problems. In the last 24 hours, at least eight patients in southeast Georgia have been hospitalized. Some patients have been admitted to intensive care and are on life support,” DPH said Friday.

    The substance is sold under the names “Crazy Clown” or “Herbal Madness Incense,” among others. It is marketed as “herbal incense,” bath salts, or “roll-your-own” tobacco, said DPH.

    “While these substances have been around for years, there are new indications the chemicals or ingredients have been altered to be far more dangerous or deadly. The substance is most commonly smoked or burned in a small bowl and inhaled,” DPH representatives said.

    State officials said first responders have reported unusual strength, agitation and combativeness in some persons. Some users have been rendered motionless, have abnormal or absent reflexes and some experience unconsciousness. Symptoms may present almost immediately after ingestion or inhalation or may be delayed as more of the product is ingested or inhaled. Mild to moderate intoxication can result in alterations in mood and perception, red eyes, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, weakness, cardiac abnormalities, hypertension, disorientation and an increase in pulse rate, similar to marijuana.

    DPH is working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency to collect these products and remove them from store shelves.

    Samples of the product are currently being tested to identify the ingredients. Until the composition of the product is known, physicians are only able to treat symptoms.

    Anyone who has used the substance should seek immediate medical attention or call the Georgia Poison Center at 800-222-1222.

    Gov. Nathan Deal signed Chase’s Law on March 27, 2012. The law banning the sale of the substance sometimes referred to as “Spice” was named in memory of 16 year-old McIntosh High School honor student and soccer player Chase Corbitt Burnett whose body was found by his father March 4 in the hot tub at their home near Peachtree City.

    http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/...-variant-stores-health-officials-warn-parents
  12. MikePatton
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    Damn that sounds like some strong shit. But really I don't get it, you're in Colorado where weed has been legalized, you're at a fucking Phish concert - and you smoke Spice?! why? Ungrateful bastards...
  13. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    I wonder why this and the georgia outbreak have largely been ignored my national media, yet after 2 people die at a rave it turns into a nationwide plague with the same group.

    I mean these cases more resemble a chemical wepons attack and have close to 100 reported cases.

    Its amazing to me..

    Also mike you are correct in saying wtf about people in colorado. Although I think it sends a message that the synthetics are no longer "replacements" for trad
    Ituonal drugs.. they are drugs that may be preferred over traditional drugs.


    What's worse is after the first 24 hours the had numerous cases , with off the wall symptoms, and a good
    idea what brand was causing the issue.. yet it wasn't widely reported. Which led to more of the same..twice.. is this a sign that it was taken less seriously?

    I also wonder what percentage of smokers ended up in the hospital.. I wonder because the sensational reports of the patients conditio. Upon arrival doesn't appear to be a media exageration.. there are too many first hand accounts from medical staff and parents that originate from several hospitals and even a seperate state.

    Did these people take a while to develope the symptoms?.. if not why are they giving a somewhat loose association to the drug and concert. If the drug is a cannabinoid that was purchased at a concert there should be reports of emergencies at the concert.. because of onset and duration of all of the cannabiniods I know are so short that the user wouldnt have time to leave. With nearly 100 cases I would guess it effected a good number of the people who ingested it...

    That just seems odd.. if they were sending ambulances to the phish show, why didn't the send a warning to people at the concert.. it shouldn't take that many unresponsive drug related patients to merit a serious warning
  14. Dark Mage
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    I wouldn't classify it as "strong shit". It's "toxic shit", especially when 70+ users had to go to the ER. It's unbelievable. They need to "drop the hammer" and shut these places down.
  15. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    9-8-13

    The state health department along with Colorado officials has launched a wide probe into a recent spate of illnesses from synthetic-marijuana products, including whether three recent deaths are connected, according to Denver Post.

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said it is teaming with local health agencies, hospitals and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the investigation, after reports of about 75 recent illnesses.

    "Several individuals were in intensive care, and three deaths are being investigated as possibly associated," said Dr. Tista Ghosh, interim chief medical officer for the state. The CDC is sending four people to help with the epidemiological probe, which will look at medical charts of patients reporting the symptoms and study toxicology results.

    The announcement comes after metro Denver emergency rooms have seen a surge of new cases they attribute to the material, which often comes in colorful packets - similar in size to those containing, say, hot cocoa - with names such as Spice or Black Mamba.

    The illegal drugs are usually pieces of dried herb sprayed with synthetic chemicals that can mimic the effects of marijuana without leaving a THC trace in urine samples.Parents who brought their ailing 26-year-old son to Denver Health Medical Center's emergency room Friday said their son had bought a packet marked Strawberry at a small grocery store near West Evans Avenue and South Federal Boulevard.

    Samuel Alvarado Jr. was hallucinating about walking a dog and having arguments with invisible people, then had trouble standing, said his father, Samuel Alvarado. The family believes he had not tried drugs before.He refused an ambulance trip in a paranoid reaction, his father said. Paranoia is a common symptom with the synthetics, medical experts said.



    http://m.parentherald.com/
  16. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    9-10-13


    CDC Officials Come To Colorado To Investigate Spice Distribution

    DENVER (CBS4) – Synthetic marijuana has sent 75 people to the hospital in the Denver metro area in the past few weeks and at least three people may have died from the drug.

    The Centers for Disease Control has come to Colorado to investigate the situation. They say Colorado has become a major distributor in the U.S. and they believe there could be hundreds of labs in the state.

    “At least some if not all of it was coming out of Colorado,” DEA spokeswoman Barbara Roach said.

    The DEA’s office says the new compound has been found at times to be up to 800 times more powerful than the THC potency level in marijuana.

    Barbra Roach (credit: CBS)

    Roach said males between the ages of 12 and 30 are most likely to use the drug. But the search for a greater high can be “extremely dangerous.”

    “There’s violence, there’s almost a PCP-like reaction to it, in many cases paranoia,” Roach said.

    The drug, which is also known as black mamba or spice, is shipped in powder form to the U.S. from China and Europe. It is then mixed in a liquid and sprayed on potpourri leaves to smoke.

    Roach said the packaging “looks very professional.”

    The DEA says it is making progress in its effort to find distributors here.

    “It’s more dangerous and more potent than what we’ve seen in the past, and people are getting sicker,” Dr. Kennon Heard from University Hospital said.

    Officials with the Centers for Disease Control said anyone who has the drug should destroy it


    http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/09/...o-colorado-to-investigate-spice-distribution/
  17. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    KUSA - A Center for Disease Control team arrived in Colorado to help with the investigation into the synthetic marijuana that has been linked to dozens of illnesses and possible deaths.

    Federal officials will be assisting the state health department and other local public health agencies.

    The University of Colorado Hospital says 15 people have been admitted since Friday because of problems related to synthetic marijuana, which also goes by the names Black Mamba or Spice.

    Since August 29, at least 39 people have been admitted because of the drug.

    The total number of patients around the metro area is at least 85 with three reported deaths.

    DEA Special Agent In Charge Barbra Roach says it's very strong, much more potent than regular marijuana.

    Roach also said the substance used to come from Europe and now it's coming from China.

    Doctors and police are trying to find the source of the drug

    http://www.9news.com/news/article/3...ot-investigation?odyssey=tab|topnews|bc|large
  18. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    9-10-13

    DENVER - The Drug Enforcement Administration suspects the synthetic marijuana that has sent people to the hospital in Colorado is coming from China and Europe.

    Barbara Roach, DEA Special Agent in Charge for Colorado and the Western Division, tells 7NEWS the synthetic drug may be from 5 to 800 times more potent than previous recipes that mimicked the potency of tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in real marijuana.

    "You don't know what's in it -- and the stuff can kill you," warned Roach.

    She describes some of the reactions as "disturbing."

    "Something as unusual as, after you've taken it, freezing almost like being a statue, and not being able to move," she said.

    Roach told 7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart that the search for the source of the drug is making progress. In addition to the DEA's work, a team of investigators from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived in Colorado Monday.

    "We have to identify who the distributors are," Roach said. "They may distribute to 50 or 100 stores. So you kind of take it out by the root."

    While the investigation progresses, Roach says she fears more people will be hospitalized. She specifically said she was worried more people will smoke "spice" because of the news coverage related to these illnesses.

    Roach adds as the DEA tries to bust the distributors, local law enforcement continues its efforts to seize the drug from stores.

    Three illnesses were reported Monday at University of Colorado Hospital. Two patients were reported at Denver Health Medical Center.

    Dozens of patients have been treated for illness related to the synthetic marijuana and at least three deaths are also suspected of being linked to the drug. Symptoms include psychotic episodes, seizures, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting.

    Denver Public Health officials have said the situation is being treated as a public health outbreak. Special

    notices have been sent to emergency rooms across the state notifying them of the health crisis.


    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/lif...ing-illnesses-in-colorado-originated-in-china
  19. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    That potentcy window of 8-500x more potent is not really percise.. I wonder why they picked 8


    The side effects sounds almost like salvia in that the sick can be rendered unresponsive or hallucinating badly.. I've also seems people on salvia talk a bunch of random shit to furniture or this air
  20. Basoodler
    Re: ALERT: Colorado investigating "bad batch" of spice. 75 sick, 3 dead

    DENVER - Colorado health officials are now reporting that 150 people have been sickened by an outbreak tied to synthetic marijuana products.

    The victims range in age from 13 to 55 years old. Three deaths are being investigated that may be tied to the outbreak.

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Thursday that its experts have identified nearly a dozen product names as possible sources of the illegal synthetic marijuana that sent dozens to hospitals beginning in August.

    "While these products were identified in the investigation, synthetic marijuana products can be repackaged and sold under many names," said Dr. Tista Ghosh, interim chief medical officer for the state. "The safe thing for people to do is not use any synthetic marijuana. No brand is safe."

    Product names identified in the investigation are: Black Mamba, Crazy Monkey, Crazy Clown, Dead Man Walking, Funky Monkey, Sexy Monkey, SinX, Spice, TenX, Twilight and 3X.

    At this point, all of the reported patients in Colorado are from the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs, officialls said.

    Health investigators are also looking into a similar outbreak in Georgia. Public health officials there report 25 illnesses linked to the substance.

    "What we've heard is that they used a similar product and that the product may have come from Colorado but we haven't confirmed that yet," said Dr. Ghosh.

    Narcotics officers from several law enforcement agencies in Georgia raided a retail shop and three homes late Tuesday. Four people were arrested.

    Health officials said they are especially concerned about the outbreak, because one of the Colorado victims is so young.

    "With one patient as young as 13 years old, I would urge parents and teachers to please talk to teenagers about drugs like these," Ghosh said. "Let them know that synthetic marijuana is not safe and can seriously hurt them.

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/new...c-marjuana-outbreak-of-spice-black-mamba-more
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