05 May Spice Makers Still Trying to Skirt Laws, Putting Kids at Risk
In an effort to escape the emotional turmoil of the teenage years, it’s not uncommon for young people to try alcohol, marijuana or even prescription medication to achieve a certain high. While all of these substances have obstacles to acquisition, these is one dangerous substance that is easily obtained at any age.
According to a recent CNN report, the substance is a type of synthetic weed that is packaged and sold as “potpourri” at convenience stores. While the substance may seem harmless and the buyer may assume it’s safe due to its availability, its use can be fatal. For Emily Bauer, use almost cost her the ultimate price – her life.
The substance Bauer purchased at a local gas station is better known as K2 or Spice and is a fake weed created by combining herbs and spraying them with chemicals meant to create a high similar to that achieved when smoking marijuana. The product is often advertised as a legal alternative to marijuana.
What consumers may not know, however, is that this substance is anything but safe, and the emergency room visits continue to mount. Since 2010, 11,406 visits have been reported to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Alarmingly, the individuals winding up in the emergency room were children 12 to 17 years old.
Also in 2010, state laws started to emerge to ban the synthetic drugs. Older legislation targets specific versions of the drug, but the manufacturers behind Spice continue to remain a step ahead, changing the chemical compound to get around legal status. States are responding, however, by expanding their language to incorporate all related substances into their legislation.
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