Concern at synthetic cannabis presentations to Rotorua ED
17/08/2017 4:25:28 p.m.

Thursday 17 August 2017

Concern at synthetic cannabis presentations to Rotorua ED

Lakes DHB is very concerned that over 20 people affected by synthetic cannabis have presented to the Rotorua Hospital Emergency Department in the last ten days.

Lakes DHB Clinical Director Emergency and Medical Management Services, Dr Peter Freeman, says staff are very frustrated that many of these patients come to the emergency department, are triaged and then self discharge. This takes up valuable staff time which could be used treating other patients.

Dr Freeman has this week strongly advised people to keep away from synthetic cannabis which is potentially very much more dangerous than marijuana.

“There is no doubt that there is a very strong and potentially contaminated ‘product’ now being distributed locally that causes immediate vomiting, loss of consciousness and violent behaviour,” he says.

This week seven people were seen between Monday and this afternoon (Thursday 4pm), with one of the seven presenting at Taupo ED and the others to Rotorua.. There were nine seen in Rotorua over the weekend and one in Taupo. Last week between Tuesday and Friday seven people were seen at Rotorua Hospital’s Emergency Department.