Workers cleaning buds at CTPharma (CTNewsJunkie / file photo)
Some police are calling for the state legislature to move up the opening of cannabis dispensaries to mid-2022 after a spate of overdoses involving marijuana laced with fentanyl.
The overdoses, which required the use of naloxone, a drug that reverses an opioid overdose, prompted the state Department of Public Health to issue a warning of marijuana use Wednesday.
“Our biggest fear is that this is going to become a trend,” said Plymouth police Capt. Ed Benecchi whose department dealt with a confirmed overdose of a person who had ingested marijuana laced with fentanyl. “The dispensaries need to be opened as soon as possible to protect the public.”
The state’s Connecticut Overdose Response Strategy Team “strongly advised all public health, harm reduction and others working with clients who use marijuana to educate them about the possible dangers of marijuana with fentanyl,” the warning said. “In addition, they should assist their clients with obtaining the proper precautions if they will be using marijuana.”
There have been 39 incidents since July where people overdosed and needed naloxone to be revived after reporting that they had smoked marijuana, DPH officials said.
In one case