Synthetic Marijuana Raising Concerns

A type of synthetic marijuana is raising new health concerns in the U.S. after at least three users in Wyoming were reportedly hospitalized for kidney failure.

According to New York Daily News, the substance is often referred to as ‘K2” or “Spice” is marketed to young people as herbal incense. However, smoking it can result in a marijuana-like high. The three hospitalizations reportedly involved patients who smoked a product known as “blueberry spice.”

"At this point we are viewing use of this drug as a potentially life-threatening situation," said Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health.

Drug policy experts say that synthetic marijuana use has been rising in recent years. Calls to poison centers have also been rising, with the number jumping from 100 to more than 2,700 from 2009 to 2010.

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