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It’s a good bet that many of us had never heard of fake pot until we saw the headlines that a deadly batch circulating through Illinois was tainted with rat poison, killing four people and sickening more than 150.
Laura Parise, MD, Medical Director of the Doreen E. Chapman Center at NorthShore, said synthetic marijuana has actually been sold on the streets, in convenience stores and online for years. Users assume they are getting a safe, legal high when in reality the drug is extremely addictive, dangerous and illegal in Illinois.
“The silver lining in this otherwise tragic story is that there is heightened awareness of just how dangerous it is,” Dr. Parise said. “We need to keep the conversation going because the public has already begun to wrongly think that marijuana in general is safe because some states have legalized it.”
Dr. Parise, an addiction psychiatrist, shares this important information about synthetic marijuana to help keep your family and loved ones safe:
If you are interested in learning more about the path to treatment with the Chapman Center, the next steps to take are: