Connecticut health officials warn of potential fentanyl-laced marijuana

Health Officials in Connecticut are cautioning marijuana users after several cases of overdoses from what appears to be fentanyl-laced maijanua.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health released a statement about the potential presence of maijuana laced with fentanyl- and the dangers that presents users with. The statement comes just months after cannabis was legalized in the state.

After almost 40 cases of opioid overdoses in the past four months, health officials began investigating. They quickly noticed each person said they hadn’t had any other opioids in the past several months and had only used marijuana. However, in each of these cases, each person required naloxone for revival.

In October, following several overdoses in people who reportedly only used marijuana, police obtained a sample of the marijuana that had been used, which led to an overdose. The sample came back from testing showing that it was tainted with fentanyl.

Manisha Juthani, MD, the Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner, said, “This is the first lab-confirmed case of marijuana with fentanyl in Connecticut and possibly the first confirmed case in the United States.”

Currently, cases have only been seen throughout the state of Connecticut, but officials warn that fentanyl-laced marijuana could be present elsewhere. NBC Connecticut reported that opioids are the most common cause of overdose in the state.




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