Three Seaford residents had to be hospitalized over the weekend after ingesting a synthetic marijuana police in Delaware have just been alerted about.
Authorities are warning parents of teenagers and young adults not to let their children use this product, identified as JWH-018 or K2, or they could become gravely ill.
The incident occurred about 7 p.m. Saturday when police and paramedics were called to the 200 block of Arch Street in Seaford for apparent drug overdoses, said Seaford police spokesman Capt. Gary Flood.
When they arrived, they found a 24-year-old man, 22-year-old man and 18-year-old woman who lacked motor skills, had trouble breathing, heart palpitations and projectile vomiting.
They were treated at the scene by Sussex County paramedics and taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, where two were treated and released,and the 22-year-old man was admitted to the hospital, Flood said.
“It really could have been bad,” said Flood. “Fortunately, Nanticoke Hospital had received a health alert advisory from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, so the staff knew how to treat them.”
An investigation revealed that the victims had purchased this synthetic marijuana from the internet.
Flood said the Drug Enforcement Administration was alerted and is investigating.
According to a release last year from U. S. Customs, K2 products were manifested as natural incense and resemble potpourri but are laced with the synthetic cannabinoid compound that users inhale for its marijuana-like stimulant.
While other parts of the country have seen incidents involving this substance, authorities in Delaware believe this is the first time this synthetic cannabinoid has turned up here.
Anyone suffering symptoms or side effects from the use of this product, should immediately be taken to the emergency room.
By TERRI SANGINITI
March 16, 2010