Synthetic marijuana 'Strawberry Fields' hospitalizes 2 Oklahoma teens

OKLAHOMA CITY - Doctors from The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center say they've treated two teenagers in the past two weeks who allegedly got sick after smoking a form of synthetic marijuana.

One of the teenagers suffered kidney failure and was even placed on dialysis.

His mother, Rhonda Woodriff, said he had a lower back pain, was vomiting and was unable to urinate for two days.

"This is just dangerous," she said. "It's terrible. I don't know how people can even make this stuff."

Doctors say there have been at least 11 similar cases linked to synthetic marijuana nationwide.

Investigators with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs tell 2NEWS that the teens had smoked a strain called "Strawberry Fields."

Spokesman Mark Woodward released the following statement:

"The public must understand that these synthetic drugs are not a safe alternative to traditional street drugs.  We are seeing sharp increases in hospital admissions and deaths resulting from synthetic marijuana products and other similar products sold in gas stations.  Parents should be aware of the stores their teens visit, the products they are buying, store receipts, and web sites they frequent. Many of these products are prohibited under state law. If you are aware of stores selling these synthetic marijuana products ("potpourri", "insence" or "bath salts") in your community, you are encouraged to report them to OBN or your local police department."

The hospitalized teens are listed in fair and good condition.

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