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Posted on: May 20, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Synthetic Drugs: A New Danger

There is an increase across the United States and recently within our community of a new trendy drug that has caught the attention of teens and it's 100% legal.

It's called “synthetic marijuana”, also known as K2, Spice, Darkness or Colorado Legal Chronic, only mentioning a few brand names. It gives users a marijuana-like high when smoked. The synthetic herb is manufactured in Asia where it can be purchased online or in local stores in the form of incense. Manufacturers spray herbs with synthetic substances that mimic the chemical THC that causes the same high-effect as natural marijuana.

Many authorities have compared the use of the drug to playing Russian roulette.

Synthetic drugs and herbal drug products like Spice and K2 are not made in a controlled environment and thus you are playing Russian roulette when it comes to these types of products. There is no way, outside of a controlled laboratory environment, to determine the chemical makeup, synthetic ingredients or amounts, and therefore there is no way to determine with any accuracy what the potentially harmful effects may be. Although the substance is sold as an “incense”, it’s displayed among tobacco products and drug paraphernalia, and not with other air freshener products normally found in other retail stores.
How harmful is it? A number of teens have been rushed to the local hospital in Fort Morgan after using synthetic marijuana where they suffered from heart palpitations and respiratory issues. The synthetic marijuana has also been known to cause panic attacks, hallucinations, delusions, vomiting, increased agitation, and dilated pupils.

The synthetic drug has been banned in European countries including Britain, Germany, Poland and France, and as many as 20 other states in the U.S. and Colorado is not that far behind.

As of this month, Colorado has passed legislation that if signed into law will ban some or all synthetic substances.

Moral of the story: “Say no to drugs, even synthetic ones.”

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