- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The University of Mississippi Medical Center says there’s been a worrying surge in the number of emergency room visits from people who had used the synthetic drug dubbed “spice.”

Dr. Alan Jones is chairman of emergency medicine. He says the hospital’s emergency room dealt with seven patients over four days this week- and three of those patients had to be admitted to intensive care.

He says the city is dealing with a particularly potent recipe. Jones describes the patients as agitated and combative. Some have had seizures and others were unconscious and vomiting - a bad combination because patients may inhale vomit.

He notes that hundreds of spice-related cases were reported statewide in April, including more than three dozen at UMMC.

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