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'Unlikely' that contaminated cannabis caused hospitalisation of two women

Two women were brought to the intensive care unit Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda last week.
Jun 3rd 2013, 5:28 PM 15,173 53

THE HSE HAS confirmed today that it is “unlikely” that contaminated cannabis was responsible for two women being hospitalised in Drogheda last week.

On Friday, two women were brought to the intensive care unit Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda. An initial statement from the HSE indicated that contaminated batch of cannabis was to blame for their symptoms.

Today, the HSE said the results it has received to date from the State Lab are “inconclusive” and further testing is ongoing. However, it added that there had been no further incidents or hospital admissions “and it now seems unlikely that contaminated cannabis was the cause of the hospitalisation of two women last week in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital”.

The HSE reminded the public that taking drugs carries serious health risks: “As well as the danger of addiction, drug misuse has serious health risks and is associated with a wide range of conditions and complications, both physical and psychological. These include heart failure and respiratory failure, both of which can be fatal”.

Read: HSE warns of contaminated cannabis as two women remain in critical condition

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