New Zealand warns against synthetic marijuana after 9 deaths. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwtdTQyjU
New Zealand officials on Friday were urging people to stop smoking synthetic marijuana after finding nine people had died after using the drug this month in the nation’s largest city.
The latest was a 31-year-old woman who died Thursday evening in Auckland. Police suspect she was smoking synthetic marijuana shortly before her death though other factors may have contributed.
Synthetic marijuana is made with chemicals similar to those found in natural marijuana to give users a high. It is illegal in New Zealand, where authorities say the drug is dangerous and is sometimes laced with other chemicals.
Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall said the drug can cause seizures and many people have been hospitalized after using it.