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Duluth ER doctors dispute claims that synthetic drugs are 'harmless'

A toxicologist and ER doctor tells MPR she's seeing more people come in with serious problems after taking synthetic pot or synthetic ecstasy.
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A toxicologist and ER doctor tells MPR she's seeing more people come in with serious problems after taking synthetic pot or synthetic ecstasy.

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