Contaminated cannabis oil causing emergency room visits, NC …

RALEIGH — State health officials issued an advisory Tuesday warning residents of a “potentially contaminated cannabidiol oil” that has caused a recent spike in hospital emergency room visits.

Along with being consumed as an oil, a similar product has been found in electronic cigarettes and vaporizing pens, officials with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release.

State health officials are working with Carolinas Poison Center to investigate more than 30 reports since December of consumers of the product who were treated in emergency departments across the state for serious symptoms, including altered mental status, hallucinations, seizures, loss of consciousness and rapid heartbeat.

No deaths have been reported.

“People should be aware that products labeled as CBD oil might contain other substances,” State Health Director Betsey Tilson stated in the release. “The symptoms we are

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