Vermont Health Officials Issue Warning About ‘spice,’ Which Caused Overdoses In New Hampshire – Brattleboro Reformer

The chemicals are packaged into small packages, often sold in head shops, and labeled “not for human consumption,” according to the health department. They are sometimes called potpourri, plant food, or jewelry cleaner as a way to avoid regulation. In New Hampshire, the spice packets responsible for the overdoses were labeled “Bubblegum Smacked!” The Health Department is not aware of any overdoses that have happened in Vermont due to Bubblegum Smacked! Hospitals and emergency medical workers have been warned about symptoms reported in New Hampshire, according to the health department. Emergency department and emergency medical services personnel have been made aware of the overdoses and the symptoms reported in New Hampshire. Vermont shop owners that may carry this product or similar products should remove them from their shelves, the release said. “These are dangerous chemicals, and are considered regulated drugs under Vermont’s rule,” Vose said. Though it’s illegal to smoke synthetic cannabis products, they are legal to sell, except to minors.

Health care aide arrested on grand larceny charges |

Alicia Santiago faces two felony counts of grand larceny. The state Attorney General’s office says Santiago fraudulently billed her employer for more than 180 hours of home care services for a relative from November 2012 to April 2013. Officials say during that time, Santiago was actually working as a certified nurses aide at Brighton Manor Nursing Home. The office estimates she received $1,800 in taxpayer money from Medicaid that shouldn’t have gone to her. “There has to be one set of rules for everyone and that is why our office aggressively prosecutes cases of Medicaid fraud that deprive honest New Yorkers of the rightful care they deserve and squander taxpayer dollars,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “We want to send a clear message that Medicaid fraud will not be tolerated and that unscrupulous caregivers will be held accountable.” Santiago faces a maximum of two to seven years in prison if convicted.

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