Updated May 20
Three people were taken to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Friday night after overdosing on edibles containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main ingredient in cannabis, Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee said.
Police and emergency medical crews were called to the Newes restaurant just after 8 pm, McNamee said. According to the police report, a 911 call was made after a 60-year-old woman “fainted” inside the Newes. When police arrived, they observed two females and one male on the floor.
The man was in and out of consciousness, according to the report. One of the women collapsed into the officer’s arms after he lightly tapped on her shoulder asking her to move so he could assist the other woman, the report states.
The three people were all visiting for the weekend from Pennsylvania, McNamee told The Times. Their names and ages were redacted from the report.
One of the women regained consciousness and told first responders it was the first time any of them had tried edibles.
“15 milligrams … THC … edible … all three… first time,” the woman told the officer.
“We all knew this was coming,” McNamee said, referring to the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts.
The overdoses come just one day after the M.V. Youth Task Force and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Connect to End Violence sponsored a talk by Dr. Ruth Potee at the MVRHS library on “The Physiology of Addiction: Effects of Drug-Taking Behavior on the Adolescent Brain.” McNamee said he was at the presentation where Dr. Potee warned about a “spike in overdoses because of edibles.”
“The candy bars have six to eight servings,” McNamee said, “but no one takes one bite of a candy bar and puts it away.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, while a fatal overdose from marijuana use is unlikely, it’s not harmless. Overuse can cause “extreme confusion, anxiety, paranoia, panic, fast heart rate, delusions or hallucinations, increased blood pressure, and severe nausea or vomiting.”
Updated to include more details from the police report – Ed.