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WHAT IS SPICE?
Spice is a variety of plants that are sprayed with man made chemicals traditionally called “synthetic cannabis” and then smoked like marijuana. These chemicals can cause mind-altering effects and could potentially lead to death. Although Spice is associated with marijuana its effects are much more stronger and very different.

Spice is also known as fake weed, K2, Mojo, Black Mamba, and many others names.

WHO’S SMOKING SPICE?
Spice is the 2nd leading illegal drug used by teens and young adults. Easy access and the misperception that it is a “safe high” likely contribute to the high rate of use.

WHY IS SPICE SO DANGEROUS?
In 2011, Spice was mentioned by patients in the emergency room 28,531 times. This is a drastic increase over the 11,406 mentions in 2010.

As a result of smoking spice, thousands are admitted in the hospital with symptoms such as:

  • seizures
  • coma and unconsciousness
  • vomiting
  • hallucinations and paranoia
  • high blood pressure
  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • threatning behavior and aggression
  • headaches
  • inability to speak
  • heart attack
  • DEATH

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SOMEONE NEEDS HELP?

If you suspect someone is using spice, please call:

Drug Education Council 251-478-7855 or visit www.drugeducation.org for more information or free drug screening.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (they don’t just talk about suicide-they cover a lot of issues and will help you get in touch with someone close by)

If you need information on treatment and where you can find it, you can call:

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator at 1800-662-HELP or visit www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov

SOURCES
“Spice.” Narconon. Narconon International, 1 Jan. 2010. Web. 30 Sept. 2014. <www.narconon.or/drug-abuse/signs-symptons-spice/html>.

“Comprehensive Drug Information on Synthetic Cannaboids-“Spice” and “K2″” Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program. 1 Jan. 2008. Web. 30 Sept. 2014. <www.hdap.org/spice.html>.

“Synthetic Marijuana Lands Thousands of Young People in the ER, Especially Young Males.” National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). 1 Jan. 2001. Web. 30 Sept. 2014. <www.drugabuse.gov>.