Health experts warn of dangers from synthetic marijuana

Officials say the drug can have extreme side effects that require medical attention.

Officials say the drug can have extreme side effects that require medical attention. (4/21/15)

BROOKLYN - Doctors are warning against the use of synthetic marijuana after a recent spike in the number of emergency room visits across the city. 

According to the Health Department, there were more than 120 people treated in the ER during the second week of April alone after smoking synthetic cannabinoids, also as "Spice" or "K2." 

Health experts say that the drug is a mixture of dangerous chemicals. It can have extreme side effects that require medical attention, including mind-altering hallucinations and even long-term illness. 

Woodhull Medical Center in Williamsburg reports that in the past month, five patients per day have been treated for its effects. 

The sale and possession of the synthetic substance has been banned in New York since 2012. 

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