New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan on Thursday declared a state of emergency following dozens of recent drug overdoses involving the synthetic cannabinoid known as ‘Smacked!’.
“These products pose a serious threat to public health, especially to young people, and it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to combat the recent rash of overdoses,” Governor Hassan said.
“In consultation with the New Hampshire Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, public health officials in the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General’s office, I have declared a State of Emergency so that we can move quickly to stop the sale of this dangerous substance that has caused an outbreak of serious overdoses.”
In the past four days alone, at least 41 people in the Manchester area have experienced serious medical reactions to the synthetic cannabinoid “Smacked!’ and at least 20 were taken by ambulance to Manchester hospitals for treatment. In addition, the Concord Police Department has reported at least three cases so far this week.