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The Dangers of Spice
What about your State?
Is Spice illegal In Your State?
Are kids in danger?
There is a growing trend in this country. Whether that trend is a danger or not is still the subject of much debate. There are many who say that this is just a fad, and like most fads , spice or K2, (as it is also known) will fade. Some would say that people who describe spice in negative terms are alarmists. I'll be the first to admit I am one. It's just fair to say that the jury is still out on this one. A good number of young, and the not-so young people are using this drug.
Where its from
In the mid 90's John Huffman, a Clemson university chemist, synthesized a substance he called JWH-018. It was apparently, very much like THC, the active ingredient in pot. JWH-018 makes users mellow and euphoric. Like any other drug people use it to get 'high'. There have been some cases of strange behaviour, and criminal activity associated with it's use. There are a number of states moving to make it illegal.Kansas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee,Mississippi and Iowa. With more states pending.
It seems that buying it across the counter is as easy as buying a soda. Unlike soda, this drug can cause hallucinations, paranoia, and even violent behaviour in some cases.That the FDA even approved something that describes itself as potpourri, is beyond me. Although it is packaged with a warning label that expresses some of it's danger. You'd have to wonder, that with names like: 'kaptain kush',' ice dreams', and 'lovely' if this stuff could be attractive to kids. It is one thing if adults want to indulge. A far different state of affairs though when a drug that doesn't even have a code to determine it's content because it is distinguished as a "synthetic alternative." So with this drug the National Poison Data system can't put it in it's proper priority.
Increases In Use, And ill effects
Consider the case of the teens in Glendale, Arizona who apparently scared of the effects of the drug called for emergency aid. There were 60 known overdoses in the Arizona area in 2010 ......In Idaho an area hospital reported 80 related cases , between February and August of 2010 alone. Consider also that just three days ago a 42 yr old Alabama man was arrested for the illegal distribution of the drug. Alabama being one of the states prompted to make it illegal, most likely inspired by the cases of kidney failure brought on by it's use (at least 30 cases).
Whether or not this growing trend in 'synthetic' drugs is epidemic or not is yet to be seen...but anything this harmful should be addressed. What i'm wondering is where this trend toward ingesting anything available to get high. Why this growing trend?
Just the other day in fact, I encountered a young man in passing who was smoking it right out in the open. When he caught my look of disdain, he jumped defensive immediately. "It's legal" he fumed. I wonder if that is excuse enough to fry your brain or vital organs.I am just learning of this "bath salts" trend. Apparently associated with the gruesome crime in Miami. Obviously there are some very dissatisfied people out there, let's make sure they are not our kids.
Spice is actually illegal in Arizona and other states where it's deemed illegal; many are not aware of this fact because it is still being sold. Apparently they are getting away with this because of the placement of warning labels that state: "not for human consumption." It apparently isn't stopping anyone.
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