Pair critical over contaminated cannabis

Published Thursday, 30 May 2013
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Two women are in intensive care in the Republic of Ireland after consuming cannabis that may have been contaminated.

Pair critical over contaminated cannabis
It is thought the women have had a reaction to contaminated cannabis. (© Getty)

The pair, in their 20s, are currently in the intensive care unit of a Drogheda hospital.

One of the women fell ill on Monday night and remains on life support machine. She has not regained consciousness since being admitted to hospital.

Less than 48 hours later, the second woman became unwell.

It is believed both women used cannabis within days of feeling ill.

Garda say the drugs pose a "serious public health concern".

The reaction is not normally associated with cannabis, and Irish police and the Health and Safety Executive are working to establish if a 'bad batch' is being sold in the area.

Gardaí raided two houses in Co Louth, one of which is in Drogheda. Drugs seized during the operation are being tested to determine if they are linked to the investigation.

Garda Superintendent Gerry Smith of Drogheda Garda Station said: "We are concerned that other people who use cannabis may suffer the same effects."

Anyone who has used cannabis in the Co Louth area has been urged to contact their doctor.

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Comments Comments
Gary in Belfast wrote (608 days ago):
well said phil. Couldn't have put it better myself. Might I add this furthers the case for legalising it. People can grow their own product safe in the knowledge that it hasn't been sprayed with glass or whatever else... common politicians this is the way forward! Progressive thinking, reefer madness is ideology that was born when people though radiation was good for you LOL. Cannabis is harmless when used in moderation, just like everything else, end of debate.
Frosty in Here wrote (609 days ago):
It's probably not the cannabis, more likely it's the crap the dealers add to it to give it weight, sprayed with all sorts just to make a few extra quid/euros. Same with the hash, it's full of God knows what, certainly not THC, dog's dirt and anything else that comes to hand, again just to add to the weight. It wouldn't happen if it was legal and people were allowed to grow their own. I hope the two ladies make a full and swift recovery.
HAPPY FACE in Belfast wrote (610 days ago):
The story regarding the contaminated cannibas. Should be a show in itself. maybe the UTV insight show at 10.35 pm, would be a good start to get the message out regarding drugs and their dangers to kids.This maybe a good chance to highlight these dangers. Looking forward to the show if it gets the go ahead.Take advantage UTV. And report this story to our kids.
Phil in Belfast wrote (610 days ago):
If it is to do with the cannabis, then it's obvious it's been contaminated with something. Stop using double speak to further prohibitionists agenda and demonise cannabis and those who indulge.
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