150 sickened, possibly 3 dead in Colorado synthetic marjuana outbreak of Spice, Black Mamba, more
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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."
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