Another round of unexplained sickness among homeless people in Los Angeles has been tentatively attributed to a tainted batch of the illegal marijuana substitute called spice according to a report in the August 22, 2016, Los Angeles Times. A total of 18 individuals became ill and 14 of those were transported to area hospitals for treatment, evaluation, and a clear determination of what caused the illness.

Representatives of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department explained their suspicions of the attacks of illness in a two block area of East Los Angeles as being evidence of spice that had been adulterated with a chemical substance that produced the seizures, nausea, and high heart rates that required hospitalization.

A similar incident involving multiple victims occurred on August 19, 2016, in a nearby location. The exact cause of that incident has not been established. The police and medical authorities cannot claim that the two incidents are related to the same adulterated spice or that the incidents involved spice as of yet.

The police and medical authorities have organized a campaign to alert the homeless of Los Angeles to the potential danger of tainted spice being available and possibly abundant in Los Angeles. Intervention in person is required because the homeless often are not able to receive health warnings from media sources.

No person has died from the supposedly tainted spice as of yet and authorities are doing their utmost to prevent any new cases of injury or death that could involve the thousands of homeless in Los Angeles.

The homeless use spice to get high in preference to marijuana because the drug is much cheaper than the legal marijuana that is sold in California. Spice is added to tobacco and smoked to produce a temporary euphoria similar to marijuana. Tainted spice has been documented as the cause of multiple deaths across the United States.