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From: CMO Messaging

Issue date: 20-Jul-2020 17:34:54

This alert has been issued to:
  • NHS Regional Offices
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Chief Executive
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Chief Executive

  • Other contacts
  • Independent Healthcare Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Social Care Providers (registered with CAS)
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Non-NHS Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Territorial CMOs in Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales
  • Regional Directors of Public Health
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Director of Public Health
  • GP - Locum
  • NHS 111 and Out of hours providers
  • GP Practices
  • Out of hours contacts
  • Primary Care Networks

Action category: Important information for immediate action

Title: Cannabis oil disguised as confectionary

Broadcast content:

Following a series of arrests in West Yorkshire this week, it has been identified that a large quantity of NERDS ROPE sweets containing cannabis oil have been industrially manufactured. 

Whilst a large amount of the contaminated product has been recovered, it is unknown at this time how much remains missing or how widely it has been distributed.

Trading Standards and the National Poisons Information Service have been notified by PHE.

Attached is the Clinical Alert issued by Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Please ensure all Emergency Departments, Paediatric services and Primary Care services are alerted in the event of a person presenting with symptoms such as:

  • Loss of coordination
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Lethargy, collapse or loss of consciousness
  • Cardiovascular

It is not thought this issue extends beyond West Yorkshire, but it cannot be ruled out. Therefore, we are distributing this as a precautionary measure. 

Additional information: NHS England and NHS Improvement - please distribute this to community pharmacy.

Alert reference: CEM/CMO/2020/029


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