Connecticut Officials Warn Of Fentanyl-Laced Marijuana

Lower than 5 months after leisure use of marijuana was legalized in Connecticut, the state Division of Public Well being reported its concern a few collection of overdose incidents amongst individuals who say they have solely smoked hashish, reported native media.

In line with a Nov. 15 bulletin from the New England HIDTA, between July 2021 and Oct. 26, public-health authorities reported 39 situations of sufferers who “exhibited opioid overdose signs” and wanted photographs of naloxone (the overdose-reversal drug). Nevertheless, they denied utilizing opioids.

A number of of those in early October all occurred in Plymouth, Connecticut, Forbes reported.

“That is the primary case we’ve truly had laboratory contamination of marijuana with fentanyl,” Susan Logan, an epidemiologist on the Connecticut Division of Public Well being, stated.

“Individuals who have overdosed have stated they thought they have been solely taking marijuana after which they wanted to be administered Naloxone so as to reverse their overdose,” Logan added.

“Sellers try to compete and make their marijuana stronger than what you should purchase, say over-the-counter,” Brian Foley, spokesman for the Division of Emergency Companies stated.

“Individuals have to know that in the event that they’re shopping for marijuana by illegitimate implies that it is a chance,” Foley concluded.

In June, Connecticut turned the 18th state within the union to legalize marijuana for leisure functions. The regulation permits adults 21 and older to own as much as 1.5 ounces of hashish.

The sale of leisure marijuana is deliberate to kick off in Could 2022.


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