The health authorities and police department from St. Petersburg declared that approximately 21 people were hospitalized after consuming an unknown psychotropic compound. Moreover, the authorities stressed out that all the incidents happened in the same area and that the patients displayed similar symptoms.
St. Petersburg police department declared in a recent press interview that the number of spice overdoses has spiked since last year. In fact, ever since Thursday, the local hospital and the police department answered no less than 21 calls related to spice consumption.
On Thursday night, the local police squad received nine distress calls from citizens. All of them wanted to report instances of individuals behaving strangely. According to the police’s affidavits, all the callers pointed out that the persons in questions were congregated around the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Moreover, all the distress pointed out that apart from the strange behavior, the persons also had severe symptoms, ranging from vomiting to lack of conscience and violent seizures.
St. Petersburg’s police department said that these are the first indications that an individual has consumed synthetic marijuana. All the suspects were taken to the local hospital in order to receive OD treatment.
But the whole crisis didn’t end of on Thursday night. In their statement, the police squad declared that they have received an additional 12 calls of the following morning, all of them related to individuals who consumed synthetic marijuana.
Yolanda Fernandez, a spokeswoman for St. Petersburg’s police department, said that, presently, the investigators are still waiting for the lab result in order to confirm that the substance ingested by the victims was synthetic marijuana or not.
However, Fernandez pointed out, that the patient’s symptoms indicate that they have indeed consumed spice. Moreover, the spokeswoman said that a new type of spice might have made its way up into Tampa Bay.
Spice, also known as synthetic marijuana, is considered by consumers as a safe and legal alternative to actual marijuana. But, both Fernandez and the doctors, pointed out that spice is hardly a safe substitute for pot.
Although the Obama administration passed the anti-synthetical marijuana bill back in 2012, the Act only bans manufacturers from using certain chemicals. Thus, spice producers can concoct a recipe for another kind of spice, omitting the banned substances in the process.
Bottom line idea is that spice producers manage to elude the law on a technicality. Meanwhile, more and more dangerous types of spice make their way on the market. Doctors caution that even the smallest amount of the substance can cause debilitating symptoms such as convulsions, loss of consciousness, paralysis and even death.