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A recent batch of the bubble gum flavor is believed to be bad causing dozens of people in Manchester and Concord to overdose this week."We've been seeing this on the street for a few years now. It's becoming more and more concerning. The kids have no problems getting it. They tell me that that it's super easy to access," Chisholm said.
STORES' LICENSES FOR SELLING SPICE. THE OWNER OF THIS MARKET SAYS IT WAS A MISTAKE AND HAS HIRED AN ATTORNEY TO GET BACK HIS LICENSE. THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY OF THIS STUFF, THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT THEY HAD IT, THAT THEY BOUGHT IT, SOLD IT, SAID THEY DIDN'T HAVE IT, THEY DIDN'T SELL IT AND DIDN'T BUY IT. THIS COUNSELOR SAYS THE STATE IS MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WHAT ENDS UP HAPPENING IS THAT KIDS GENERALLY THINK IT GOING TO BE DOATIONED AS MAIRP IS SO THEY SHOULD TAKE THE SAME AMOUNT, SO THEY END UP TAKING MORE OF THE SPICE. POLICE HAVE LEARNED THAT ALONG WITH THE BUBBLE GUM
Substance abuse counselor Jennifer Chisholm said the state is moving in the right direction."What ends up happening is that kids think it's going to be dosed as Reebok Aztec Leather marijuana is so that they should take the same amount. They end up taking more of the spice, which is how this overdose effect happens," she said.
"They keep it in a secret location," Willard said. "A person has to come in and ask for the product."
But city officials said they believe tough consequences are necessary.
"We have our ambulances responding, officers responding, medical officials at hospital inundated," Willard said. "Two of our officers came across a person slumped over in the middle of traffic with spice spilling down his chest."
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The store owner said he is talking to a lawyer about the situation. Another affected store, TN Market, has done the same.
Police said the product is taken to stores by car, and owners are asked if they'd like to buy it.
Hans Market was one of them, but the owner said it was all a mistake.
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Police said another store, Union Street Market, had nine bags left in the store when officials visited. That means it sold more than 90 bags before police arrived.
Levasseur filed an injunction in an attempt to reopen the store, but it wasn't granted. A hearing will be held Monday.
Issues with spice, also called Smacked, has caused Gov. Maggie Hassan to declare a state of emergency in an effort to get the product off the streets.
The product is legal to sell and has been easily accessible at some Manchester stores. But police said people have been found to have overdosed after smoking some varieties of the product, which is marketed as potpourri.
searching without warrants and then shutting businesses down, instead of simply saying, 'Listen, this is a dangerous product. Will you please take this off?'" Levasseur said.
"The side effects of these overdoses, panic attacks, seizures, increase blood pressure. It comes with a lot of medical issues," said Jennifer Chisholm, a clinician for adolescent substance abuse programs.
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Levasseur said that says if his client had the produce in stock, he would have gladly gotten rid of it.
"They didn't have any of this stuff," said attorney Joe Kelly Levasseur. "There's no evidence that they had it, that they bought it, that they sold it. They said they didn't have it. They said they didn't sell it and didn't buy it."
Store licenses pulled over spice concerns
According to a lawyer representing TN Gas Mart on Bridge Street, the store has sold spice but didn't sell the bubblegum flavor of Smacked, the variety linked to the overdoses.
STOMACH ON ARMORY STREET. POLICE SAY THE TWO KNEW EACH OTHER. HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, THE CONCERN ABOUT SPICE, ALSO CALLED SMACKED, CONTINUES. POLICE ARE ON ALERT MAKING SURE CONVENIENCE STORES ARE NOT SELLING THIS PRODUCT. NO LEGAL TO SELL, PEOPLE ARE USING SPICE TO GET HIGH. NEARLY 50 PEOPLE HAVE OVERDOSED IN THE PAST FEW DAYS. NICK SPINETTO TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT THIS PRODUCT IS AND WHY IT'S A SUDDEN CONCERN. SPICE IS MARKETED AS POTPOURRI AT VARIOUS CONVENIENCE STORES, BUT POLICE SAY ITS REAL USE IS TO GET HIGH AND IT CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE LIKE PAN ACHE TACKS, SEIZURES, INCREASED BLOOD PRESSURE. IT COMES WITH A LOT OF MEDICAL ISSUES. ISSUES THAT SPICE, ALSO CALLED SMACKED, HAS CAUSED GOVERNOR HASSAN TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN AN EFFORT TO GET THE PRODUCT OFF THE STREETS. A RECENT BATCH OF THE BUBBLE GUM FLAVOR IS BEEFED BELIEVED TO BE BAD, CAUSING DOZENS OF PEOPLE TO OVERDOSE THIS WEEK. WE'VE BEEN SEEING THIS ON THE STREET FOR A FEW YEARS NOW, AND IT BECOMING MORE AND MORE CONCERNING. WE'RE SEEING MORE KID SWITCHING OVER TO IT. AGAIN, BECAUSE IT A LITTLE EASIER TO HIDE. HIDE FROM DRUG TESTS BECAUSE TECHNICALLY ALL THE INGREDIENTS IN SPICE ARE LEGAL. THE CHEMISTS WHO CREATE THIS STUFF CAN JUST SWITCH A MOLECULE, WHICH MEANS IT'S NOT SPECIFICALLY ONE OF THE BANNED CHEMICALS, SO IT'S JUST A GAME BASICALLY THAT'S BEING PLAYED. KIDS HAVE NO PROBLEMS GETTING IT AND IT SUPER EASY TO ACCESS. BUT ACCESS TO THE PRODUCT IS NOW LIMITED. SINCE THE STATE CONSIDERS IT A HEALTH RISK IN MANCHESTER THE CITY CLERK PULLED THREE Reebok Latest Shoes 2017
He said police searched his store Wednesday. His license was pulled, and he insisted Friday that he was still closed. His doors were open, he said, because he was waiting for a delivery.
Because the city considers it to be a dangerous product and a health risk, the city clerk pulled three stores' licenses for selling it.
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Police said they have recently learned that along with the bubblegum flavor of Smacked, pineapple may also be causing bad side effects.
"The manner in which the stores are selling it would suggest that they know it's being used for something other than potpourri," said Assistant Chief Nick Willard.
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