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NH Governor Declares Emergency Over Drug Called 'Spice'

'Smacked' is one brand of so-called "spice" sold in New Hampshire stores. (Manchester Police Department via NHPR)
'Smacked' is one brand of so-called "spice" sold in New Hampshire stores. (Manchester Police Department via NHPR)

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has declared a public health emergency, after more than 40 people suffered serious medical reactions after using a substance called “spice.”

The synthetic marijuana substance is sold in convenience stores and gas stations, and state authorities in New Hampshire and neighboring states are looking at how to ban it.

Ryan Lessard of New Hampshire Public Radio joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti with details.

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