NH Issues State of Emergency Over Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/14 2014 04:09PM

Updated 08/14 2014 04:11PM

CONCORD, N.H.- New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has issued a state of emergency over synthetic marijuana overdoses.

A press releases says the state of emergency allows the state health department to investigate, isolate, quarantine, and destroy the commodity in question. The department will work closely with local police departments to quarantine the "Bubblegum Flavor" of "Smacked!"

"It's very important that individuals be made aware that use of this product poses serious and immediate danger to their personal health," Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas said. "We strongly recommend the public avoid any use of this product, and we will work with local police departments as quickly as possible to put the quarantine into effect."

Since August 11, the Manchester Police Department and local health officials reported that at least 41 people in the Manchester area experienced serious medical reactions to synthetic marijuana.

The Governor's declaration will last 21 days unless terminated earlier or extended by further order.

Read the full text of the executive order.

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