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Synthetic Marijuana: Is it the Next Heroin?

Synthetic Marijuana: Is it the Next Heroin?

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Kate Nagle, GoLocal Contributor

Are synthetic drugs posing the next major health threat to Rhode Island?
The Governor of New Hampshire just declared a state of emergency related to over 40 overdoses in the state as the result the use of synthetic cannabinoids. Community leaders in Worcester, Massachusetts are fighting to eradicate the drugs referred to as “synthetic marijuana” from the city.

Rhode Island signed into law legislation in both 2013 and 2014 to target unregulated substances including synthetic cannaboids to the state’s list of schedule 1 controlled substances, but the Rhode Island State Police say that they continue to see the dangerous drug in as much prevalence on the streets as before the attempts to address it.

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