Colorado and federal officials are investigating whether about 75 hospital cases, including three deaths, are connected to the use of synthetic marijuana.
In a news release, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said on Friday that it is teaming with local hospitals and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explore whether the patients were sickened by the same product.
“Initial reports show approximately 75 people who reported smoking a form of synthetic marijuana may have been seen at hospitals in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs beginning in late August. Several individuals were in intensive care and three deaths are being investigated as possibly associated,” said Dr. Tista Ghosh, interim chief medical officer for the state.
“Don't wait for the results of this investigation. If you have synthetic marijuana, stop using it and destroy it,” Ghosh said in the statement.