Central Services Facility

Joint Effort to Address Serious Health Conditions Continues
03.02.2012

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department (CNCHD), Wyoming Medical Center, Mountain View Regional Hospital, Natrona County School District, Casper College, Casper Police Department (CPD), Natrona County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) are continuing to address and investigate the cause of a serious health condition reported in several Natrona County residents.

The CNCHD and the WDH are continuing to follow up on the reports of patients coming to area emergency rooms with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and back pain. A potential, preliminary link between the cases has been identified as “blueberry spice.”

“We do not want to rule out other chemicals or diseases at this time until test results become available,” said Robert Harrington, CNCHD Department Director. “in the meantime, we are still warning people to avoid the use of spice.”

The Casper Police Department continues to investigate leads in the case. The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office will support CPD as needed.

Spice is a synthetic type of marijuana that can be several times more potent than the marijuana more commonly found in Wyoming.

Wyoming Medical Center, Mountain View Regional Hospital and the Natrona County School District #1 are unable to share confidential information about patients or students with the general public or media, but are fully cooperative with Health Department efforts.

Dr. Tracy Murphy, State Epidemiologist reiterated anyone who is experiencing symptoms and who recently used blueberry spice to contact a medical professional.