Cases of marijuana laced with fentanyl increasing, says Washington doctor

There is an increase in cases of marijuana laced with fentanyl, according to a Washington doctor, with dangerous results.

“In my clinical practice and among some of my peers, we’re seeing more kids reporting they thought they were just smoking marijuana, when drug screens show fentanyl — and they would have toxicological, or medical side effects consistent with that,” Dr. Michael Wenzinger, a staff psychiatrist at Washington University School of Medicine, told KTVI Fox2 on Sunday.

Wenzinger said the concern of fentanyl-laced marijuana is a recent phenomenon. Police have claimed to find marijuana laced with fentanyl in Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana and New York. The deadly opioid is used to increase potency in drugs at a cheap price.

Wenzinger noted that marijuana has significantly increased in potency in recent decades — and fentanyl lacings, whether done intentionally or accidentally by dealers, could worsen concerns.

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