N.H. governor declares emergency after synthetic pot overdoses

August 15, 2014 6:16 PM

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N.H. governor declares emergency after synthetic pot overdoses

CONCORD, N.H. — Governor Maggie Hassan has declared a state of emergency to allow public health officials to investigate and quarantine synthetic drugs linked to recent overdoses in Manchester and Concord.

Authorities say at least 41 people in the Manchester area have experienced serious medical reactions to synthetic cannabinoids known as ‘‘spice’’ that are chemically engineered substances similar to the active ingredient in marijuana. Concord police have reported at least three cases since Wednesday...

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