- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - After a rash of overdoses on synthetic cannabinoids, concerned doctors are warning the public about the dangers of the drug.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics is trying to determine the source of the synthetic drugs that put more than 30 people in the emergency room over the weekend.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1c1VMSM ) over the Easter weekend, between 28 and 34 people were admitted to area hospitals after doctors said they overdosed on a drug commonly known as “spice” or “synthetic marijuana.”

MBN Director Sam Owens said it’s a safe bet that the cases in the Jackson metro area are all connected.

Officials from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi Department of Health say this is the highest number of overdoses they’ve seen in recent memory.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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