• New Hampshire declares emergency on synthetic drugs

    Date: 08.27.14 | by Judge Tom.

    In August, 2014, New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency for the synthetic compound referred to as “smacked.” Due to a reported forty-four overdose cases, it was time to crack down on the potpourris sprayed with synthetic chemicals. Fortunately, there were no reported deaths.

    “Smacked” is sold in convenience stores with many, including bubblegum, scents. The substance was declared a serious threat to public health, especially to young people. In 2012, a federal ban was imposed on specific compounds found in synthetic marijuana and bath salts. However, manufacturers of the products simply change the chemical composition to avoid the law.

    Smacked potpourriWe have written before about the dangers of ingesting chemicals in any form. Since the exact combination of chemicals is unknown, emergency room doctors struggle with treating a patient who has taken a synthetic drug. The street names of these substances are misleading and ingredients, if any, listed on labels may be meaningless and inaccurate. Think before you use any unknown substance.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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