Police warn against “Darth Vapor”

(WOOD) Several dangerous overdoses have been traced back to a synthetic cannabis fluid being used in e-cigarettes.

On Monday afternoon Michigan’s Mason County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Journey Junior/Senior High School just outside of Ludington for a medical situation.

“When they arrived, they found a 19-year-old student who was actively involved in a seizure,” Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said.

That incident marked the fourth time authorities in Mason County responded to a similar situation.

“Initially, we thought maybe we were dealing with a nicotine-type overdose because it was an e-cigarette, but when we found out it didn’t contain tobacco. It doesn’t even qualify as illegal for those under the age of 18 because it not even a tobacco product,” Cole said.

All the incidents involved teens, three at area schools and one on a school bus.

“All of our cases that we have documented involve Darth Vapor and e-cigarettes where young people are ingesting this substance though the e-cigarettes and having violent reactions to those,” Cole said.

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