“Spice” Isn’t so Nice

Ever heard of “Spice?” Well, one 13-year-old’s parents hadn’t heard of it, and in fact, they didn’t even realize their teenager was using drugs. That is until he wound up in the hospital with a lung damaged so much, his family is waiting for a miracle lung transplant. And according to investors in Pittsburgh, he’s not the only Spice user to face grave medical concerns. Spice is blamed for at least a dozen deaths nationwide, not to mention many ER trips and fatal conditions.

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These packets of herbs aren't so innocent...

What is Spice?

Spice, or also branded as K2, is sold and marketed as herbal incense. This “fake pot,” although outlawed now by US. Drug Enforcement Administration, has made its way into American homes, and unfortunately, teenage pockets. Teenagers have had an easier time getting their hands on Spice since before early 2011, it was legally marketed and sold in many shops. Even now, although several compounds are outlawed by the DEA, drug manufacturers continue to find new compounds to make synthetic drugs and keep them on store shelves … and online inventories.

Is Spice Detectable by a Drug Test?

A traditional 5-panel or 10-panel drug test that typically tests for cannabis (marijuana) will not detect spice. It’s effects may mimic marijuana, but it’s compounds are completely different. That’s why if a parent suspects a teen may be using synthetic drugs, we use a urine test, which will pick up any K2/Spice, or synthetic drug use.

How does Spice work?

Spice is a synthetic drug that mimics the effects of marijuana. Except it’s stronger, and more dangerous. While we could explain how it works, we thought this guy’s YouTube video does a better job than we could ever dream to do. Don’t feel like you have to watch the whole thing – the first 2 minutes do it justice. But, if your curious for more information or even doubtful that these synthetic drugs have entered your neighborhood, head over to YouTube and search through the many videos of teens and adults “tripping” on Spice. Just shows that it is a growing problem, and major concern, when kids post videos of themselves “tripping out” on Spice on the Internet. Unfortunately what they don’t realize is that while it may seem like a “miracle drug” right now – there’s a 13-year-old’s family waiting for a “miracle transplant” thanks to its effects.

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