County issues warning on synthetic marijuana 2012.06.20

Written by David Green.

 K-2, Bliss and Black Mamba. Blue Silk, Cloud Nine and Vanilla Sky.

Synthetic marijuana and cathinone stimulants known as “bath salts” were both included in a Lenawee County Emergency Order issued a week ago to prevent “imminent danger to health or lives” to county residents.

The order was issued by the Lenawee County Health Department and made public by county prosecuting attorney R. Burke Castleberry, Jr.

The order prohibits the sale, trading, giving, bartering and making available of the products because area emergency rooms are reporting an increase in the number of persons suffering serious health effects from use of synthetic marijuana.

The health department release says that synthetic marijuana will produce paranoia, panic attacks and giddiness in some users. It can also cause an increased heart rate and increase in blood pressure.

Cathinone substances have similar effects and can also cause insomnia, depression, delusions and suicidal thoughts.

Cathinone derivatives act on the central nervous system and can cause chest pains, rapid heart rate, nosebleeds, sweating, nausea and vomiting.

The emergency order remains in effect until health officer Patricia Bourgeois determines the threat is no long present.

The state public health code empowers the health department inspect or investigate any person, premises or vehicle. Violation of the order can lead to imprisonment for not more than six months and/or a fine of not more than $200.

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