The "New Drug." Effecting teens and adults everywhere!

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As a parent it is incredibly naive to think our children are innocent all the time. It is also extremely naive to think that because we don't see the ' normal ' signs or drug paraphernalia that generally accompanies drug use that it doesn't exist in unusual forms.

One doesn't need to look too far to find them, for they are on the shelves of many local convenience stores all across the country. The 'new drug' is called " Spice or K2." It is also referred to by Doctors and law enforcement agencies as " synthetic marijuana." It's allure is that while it mimics the high of marijuana, it is undetectable in any drug testing. So basically, this drug is for anyone craving the effects of getting high but who are trying to appear drug free or are afraid to fail a drug test. Not to mention it's cheaper, legal and available almost everywhere.

The drug was originally created with the hopes of a legalized alternative for the use of marijuana with medical patients. Unfortunately it is unclear how it ended up on the shelves of local gas stations and convenience stores, but it has. The spice is a mix of herbs and spices that have been sprayed with a synthetic chemical. Most user's prefer to smoke the spice in a flavored blunt wrap but it has been reported that some prefer to use it as a tea.

The marketers of this "incense" as it is sometimes referred to, are very creative in their packaging and brand names. If you look behind the cashier at your local gas station or convenience store you will see a variety of small foil packages with very colorful pictures. Names like, " sexy monkey, scooby doo, and jersey shaw are just a few. The manufacturer has also protected themselves with a small warning on the back stating " NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION." How clever.

In 2010 more than 4,500 cases of use were reported to the The American Association of Poison Control Centers, ( www.webmd.com) Hospital Emergency rooms across the country have also seen an increase in emergency room visits by teens and young adults who have suffered severe to fatal outcomes of smoking synthetic marijuana. The symptoms range from elevated blood pressure, sever mood and mental status changes, hallucinations and attempted suicide. According to a news report by CBS News more than 11,400 people were seen in Emergency Rooms in 2010 for ingesting synthetic marijuana. One-third of the patients were between the age of 12-17. While most were treated for symptoms and released Doctors have stated they do not have enough information regarding the drug to determine long term effects. It has been just recently under investigation and there may be links of using synthetic weed with Kidney disease and long term Psychosis. It is also highly addictive, doctors have noted that patients exhibit similar symptoms during detoxing as with narcotic addictions.

While some claim it is not at epidemic proportions, it is a real problem. While 41 states have banned the sale of Synthetic marijuana there is still a few who have yet to follow suit. It's still easy to obtain and some have resorted to selling it out of their homes to avoid prosecution.

So parents beware. This information became available to me after a family member confided in me that they are addicted. It has destroyed them. Please educate yourselves and your children to the dangers of this " New drug " before it grabs onto someone you love.

Comments 22 comments

Mhatter99 profile image

Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for the heads up.


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Thank you for reading and commenting. Means a lot! I am reading your poetry now,,,Beautiful! Pure talent!


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

wildove, I had no idea there was anything like synthetic marijuana. This is frightening to think that something so deadly can be purchased so readily. I appreciate your write and for passing along this vital information.

I read where you said you were not getting much traffic or comments on your Hubs. I understand your frustration, as I am in the same quandary.

I will do as I advise others to do-----keep writing.

Again, thank you for bringing this information concerning synthetic marijuana to our attention. Too many lives have been destroyed by drugs.


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

This addiction hits very close to home with me. Thank you for reading and commenting on it! Since my little pity party regarding the comments they have actually increased. Thanks for commenting too! I really appreciate it!


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Sheri Faye 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

Wildove I had never heard of this before! Very interesting. I will pass this info on.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Interesting hub. I have an 18 year old party animal at home and these sorts of things are such a worry!


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Keep a close eye Jools, you'd be amazed at what goes on under your roof while your home! My daughter is now 20 and every now and then she shares these little tidbits of information with me of past get togethers. The best part, I'm the type of mom to sneak into her room ( in the basement) and surprise them all the time! I've even followed them in my car without them knowing! Yet still they pulled the wool over my eyes. Daughters are a blessing and a curse! LOL


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

So True! I do try to keep an eye on her but they're such a worry. I thought it would get easier as she got older but the problems are still there, they're just 'different' :o(


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

This article is both interesting and useful, and I voted it as such. I am always learning about new fads the kids today are doing, and it just

"blow my mind".

I recently found out about the Cinnamon Challenge from a grandchild and wrote a Hub about that.

We parents have to stay alert!

Voted UP and shared.


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Mary, thanks for sharing and the vote! " Cinnamon Challenge?" I'll have to look that one up!


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Grace-Wolf-30 3 years ago from England

That is really shocking. It strikes me that as long as somebody can make money out of something, it becomes acceptable no matter how harmful it is. And I'm afraid that also includes illegal drugs behind the closed doors of the powers that be. This is a very emotive article. Brilliant writing!


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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India

This is something new to me. People have always been misusing the things "actually" produced for good! Even after knowing about the consequences people get involved in drug abuse. Especially the "curious minds"! We have to be very careful and should speak openly about it. Thanks for sharing this useful hub! Rated and shared (needs to be shared)!


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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

Wasn't it spice that was involved with the outbreak of the so called "zombie attacks" in which people on the drug actually viciously bit other people? This is a good warning about a scary drug. Voted up, interesting and useful.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

These thugs are a scourge on society and are only after money and not to provide substitutes for any drug. The thugs seem to own the world and it is a daily fight to overcome their power and control. Our own congress is under their direction at times and the pill pushers dominate the medical field and even the doctors try to reap the benefits from kick-backs by forcing patients to use the drugs, whether beneficial or not. It has to be stopped at some point, or we will pay a terrible price. Thanks for this new information.whonu


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Now this is something quiet serious. Thanks for sharing this important information regarding drugs.This is a harsh reality,I am definitely going to share the same with my friends soon.


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Dannytaylor02 3 years ago from United Kingdom, Liverpool

its legal because its taxable, same with cigarettes and alcohol


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Thank you Grace, The one piece of information I can not seem to find regarding 'spice' is how did it go from the drug companies to the shelf and marketed as 'pot-porri?'


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Sneha,,, thank you for sharing, Knowledge is power and God knows parents need all the power they can get!


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

While it can cause hallucinations I believe it was 'bath salts' that were causing the more horrific cannibal like attacks. Thanks for the vote Mperrottet


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Who, I totally agree! Even drugs that are FDA approved are not exempt from this. I have worked in the medical field for years and Doctors and drug companies are in each others pockets. Doctors push the drugs and drug companies pay the bills in return. Just like with spice, they put the warnings on the label explaining every possible side effect from a runny nose to anal leakage for the sole purpose of covering their asses! Thanks for reading!!


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Thanks Pinto,, I'm glad you found it serious enough to pass along!


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I. Author

Danny, Your right! Thanks!

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