The New Hampshire Spice Crisis: What You Need to Know
What is Spice?
Spice is the name given to synthetic cannabinoids that can be burned, smoked, or put into tea and used to mimic the effect of marijuana. However, unlike marijuana, the chemical compounds in Spice are often unknown and routinely modified, resulting in little to no information on its potential dangers.
Where is Spice sold?
Spice can be purchased in New Hampshire in a number of retail establishments. It can also be purchased online.
What are the dangers of Spice?
Spice commonly results in rapid heartbeat, nausea and vomiting, hallucinations, agitation, and general confusion. It can also raise blood pressure, decrease blood flow to the heart, and cause heart attacks and seizures.
What is happening in New Hampshire?
New Hampshire has seen an alarming increase in the number of Spice-related hospital visits over the past few weeks. While no deaths have been reported, seizures and cardiovascular events resulted in over 20 hospitalizations in a 48 hour period last weekend alone. This has prompted our state legislators to begin considering an outright ban on Spice.
Can Spice manufacturers be held liable?
As of August 2014, there have been no legal actions taken against Spice manufacturers in the United States, but other countries have successfully held these companies accountable for their disregard for human safety and marketing of their products to children. The best way to learn if you have a right to file suit is by contacting one of the New Hampshire product liability attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss.
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