March 29, 2012 12:00 AM
The products produces a high when smoked and have been linked to severe adverse reactions including death and acute renal failure. In announcing the ban, Health Commissioner Nirav Shah said they also commonly cause increased heart rates, paranoid behavior, agitation, and nausea, among other symptoms.
The plant material in the products is coated with chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
1010 WINS’ John Montone reports
The order issued Thursday calls for sales and distribution to stop immediately. Local health officials will distribute details of the ban to stores and will be tasked with checking for compliance.
Shah said calls to state poison control centers related to the synthetics increased to 105 since the beginning of 2011, compared to four in 2009 and 2010 combined. More than half the calls involved people under the age of 19. He said national poison control centers have received about 8,000 calls since 2011 "
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