More and more patients are showing up to Alabama’s hospitals after smoking a synthetic drug commonly known as “Spice”.
The Alabama Department of Public Health says hospitals reported 462 patients from March 15 through April 20 experiencing symptoms after smoking or ingesting Spice.
Officials say the drug has led to 96 hospitalizations and two deaths in the state.
Spice is a synthetic drug that’s designed to mimic the effects of marijuana but those effects can be much more dangerous.
Authorities say a drug sweep centered around the University of Alabama campus has resulted in the arrest of about 100 people, many of them students.
The West Alabama Narcotics Task Force began a series of busts early Tuesday. Authorities say more than two dozen students were arrested on the Alabama campus, many of them in residence halls.
Officials say 99 people were arrested in all, with charges including sale or possession of marijuana. Authorities also confiscated small amounts of cocaine, LSD, ecstasy and prescription medications.