Special to SEGAZINE
Synthetic marijuana believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a monthlong outbreak this year may b linked to a strain found in Brunswick, according to a federal report released Thursday.
The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is based on a joint investigation with state health officials launched after Colorado hospitals started seeing an increase in emergency room visits by people who had used synthetic pot in late August.
Investigators found two new variants of synthetic marijuana in Colorado, ADBICA and ADB-PINACA, the latter of which was linked to a similar outbreak in Brunswick in August. State health officials and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are trying to determine whether the strains contributed to the illnesses.