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More than 700,000 Poisoned, 25 Dead From Alleged Use of Synthetic Cannabis

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    MOSCOW - Approximately 700,000 have been poisoned and more than 25 have died, after using a new form of synthetic cannabis, widely known as “Spice," the head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Viktor Ivanov told RIA Novosti on Monday.

    According to Ivanov, medical institutions around the country have started to record a large number of poisoning cases after smoking the “Spice”. Both adults and teenagers have been affected.

    “At the moment, over 700,000 cases [of poisoning] have been recorded, including more than two dozen deaths”, Ivanov said at State Anti-Drug Committee meeting.

    Ivanov told the most affected regions were the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area (North of Russia), and two districts in the Volga Federal District – Kirov Region and the Republic of Bashkortostan.

    It was reported earlier that the State Duma has already prepared a draft bill aimed at banning the substances, used in smoking blends.

    Ria Novasti/Oct. 6, 2014
    Newshawk Crew

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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Diverboone
    I suspect that the term "poisoned". The definition of this term can be controlling the statistical data reported. Technically every time someone smokes a cigarette they are being poisoned by nicotine. Whether or not that person shows signs of nicotine poisoning is dependent of the criteria sensitivity (detectable) levels. I would venture to wonder just how many people during the same time period were poisoned by nicotine and how many died from it?
  2. Booty love
    i can't believe that i had a terrible 6-8 month addiction to that stuff. i smoked all day long, 1-2 tokes about every 45 minutes. Some of it has taken me to places in my mind i never thought i'd go. Its still the only drug i have had that completely took me out of reality, both in good ways and bad.
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