Sheriff's department issues warning
Elmore County Sheriff's Office issued a warning to marijuana users after a Glenns Ferry man was hospitalized on Sunday after using marijuana laced with a chemical.
The man, whose name was not released by the sheriff's office, sustained what Chief Deputy Mike Barclay classified as an "irreversible injury."
However, Barclay added that the man was treated and released on Friday after receiving medical care.
The chief deputy didn't specify what type of chemical was discovered in the marijuana. However, he added that the biggest concern the possibility that more of the chemically tainted drug is still being sold in the area.
The incident came to light on Sunday after sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a medical call in Glenns Ferry. The call involved the male, who had collapsed and was disoriented.
The initial investigation revealed that the man had smoked marijuana laced with a chemical, causing a severe medical reaction.
While purchasing or using marijuana remains illegal in Idaho, Barclay urged those that still choose to use the drug to ensure they remain cautious.
The chief deputy admitted his statement was a contradiction of sorts to come from law enforcement. However, he said users should make sure they know where their marijuana is coming from before smoking it.