Synthetic marijuana suspected in 3 Colorado deaths

Colorado public health officials are concerned about a string of deaths caused by synthetic marijuana use.

Colorado public health officials are concerned about a string of deaths caused by synthetic marijuana use.

Colorado health officials are alarmed over a recent string of deaths that are suspected to have been caused by the use of synthetic marijuana. Over 150 people have been taken to hospitals throughout the state after being poisoned by smoking the substance. Authorities are now investigating the source of the synthetic marijuana and how prevalent it may be.

Although Colorado voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana use last year, it still remains illegal to sell until next year when the state allows licensed stores to open. As a result, there continues to be a black market for weed, and the sudden rise in synthetic cases has caused some alarm.

Also called K2, Spice, Black Mamba, Mr. Smiley and Blaze, synthetic marijuana is created using a mixture of plant and herbal compounds that are then sprayed with chemicals in order to make them more "potent", but this process also makes them more toxic. In response to the deaths, the Department of Public Health has called in a team of experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the nature of the poisonings.

"We're not exactly sure what molecule or chemical we're looking for," Dr. Tista Ghosh, Colorado's acting chief medical officer, told NPR News. "It's pretty rare to be able to do this kind of testing. There's not that many labs in the country that can do this."

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