JACKSON, Miss. – The number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations related to the use of synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to as “Spice” or “Mojo,” continues to climb. Since April 2, 2015, 97 cases have been reported to the Mississippi Poison Control Center. More than 20 counties throughout the state are reporting emergency room admissions from this dangerous synthetic drug designed to mimic the effects of marijuana.
According to State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs, there is no safe amount of “Spice” consumption. The effects from using it are unpredictable and adverse outcomes are common, even leading to death in some cases.
“Spice is an unregulated drug. We are seeing people become extremely ill with even the tiniest amount of use. There is absolutely no safe level of inhalation. This is an incredibly dangerous drug and needs to be taken very seriously.”
The Mississippi State Department of Health is continuing to monitor the situation, coordinate information, and to work with providers and the Mississippi Poison Control Center.
For a full list of counties with emergency room admissions and more information about “Spice”, visit our website at: HealthyMS.com/spice.
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