Please be advised of a trend of overdoses in New Hampshire from synthetic marijuana. With seventeen overdoses on Monday and nine reported overdoses Tuesday, public officials are warning residents that a bad batch of products which contain synthetic marijuana is being sold.
A product commonly known as “Smacked”, which is sold in brightly colored packages with flavors such as bubblegum, lemon-lime, and blueberry is a potpourri which is sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, is often sold in head shops and convenience stores, marketed as a “safe” alternative to marijuana and has similar mind-altering effects, according to The National Institute on Drug Abuse.
“Smacked” and other products which contain synthetic drugs can cause serious harm when used. They can affect behavior, judgment and cause serious health issues such as; anxiety, chest pains, hallucinations, elevated heart rate and blood pressure and kidney damage.
What are Smacked, Spice and K2?
Smacked, spice, K2 and several other products are a type of synthetic marijuana. Manufactures often spray Spice onto incense or coat other natural products with the chemical allowing the drug to be burned, smoked and inhaled. Synthetic marijuana can go by many names such as JWH-018, HU-210, Code ~160, Damiana, Summit, Genie, Blaze, red x dawn, Zohia, Black mamba, JWH-073, Synthetic marijuana, marijuana analog, THC analog, synthetic THC, spice xxx, spice triple x, spice K3, Buzz, Pulse, Hush, Mystery, Earthquake, Stinger, Serenity.
What are "Bath Salts"?
These products contain cathinone chemicals that behave like methamphetamine or cocaine and can have similar effects. Users generally snort the powder as they would cocaine or similar drugs. “Bath Salts” have many brand names such as Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Red Dove, Blue Silk, Zoom, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Ocean Snow, Lunar Wave, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning, Scarface and Hurricane Charlie.
Please call the Northampton Health Department with concerns or questions at 413-587-1214.