INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A 16-year-old Center Grove boy is recovering from a seizureafter Johnson County authorities say he smoked a very dangerousdrug.
It's called "Spice" and it's the hot, new drug of choice amongteens nationwide. A quick look around the internet and you’llfind loads of information about Spice.
Parents, if you think your kids don't know anything about it,ask them. They probably know all about "Spice".
We started our research into the new popular drug by visitingthe Indiana Poison Center. It turns out, Spice is a questionable,yet legal mix of herbs peppered with a powdered chemical called,JWH-018. It's no joke.
"There have been occasionally seizures reported with this. Ithink the one that we talked about is the first that we've hadreported to us in Indiana and there are people who have reportedhallucinations with it!" says Dr. Brent Furbee.
Dr. Furbee says the state has treated 38 cases so far this year.He says Spice, also sometimes called K2, gives a marijuana high,but its chemical makeup is more like LSD.
"It's a phenomenon that's new enough so we don't really have agood handle on it. Is it gonna last or is it gonna die out becausesome of these things do sort of die out!" he said
Spice comes in various forms; you can often get it at tobaccoshops and convenience stores like.
We stopped at one at Franklin and US 31 where we found a boxcalled “Chill Spice.”
The box is clearly labeled “Not for humanconsumption.” In fact, it’s mainly marketed asincense.
Eight states have already banned Spice. Some teens think becauseit contains herbs, it's natural. We found some who've certainlyheard of it.
"I've had two friends say they've had seizures from it!" saidStephanie Taylor. "And one of my friends actually was on herbedroom floor, turned on her ceiling fan and put a fan on each sideof her face and called me and said she couldn't breathe. Andeverybody does it!” she said.
We're hearing about Spice cases all over the nation. By the way,it was recently banned down in Kentucky, but some argue Indianacases will increase because it's easier to get here. Authoritiessay since Spice is legal, they can't do much right now other thaninform the public. We'd like to thank our newsgathering partnersthe Daily Journal for their help with this story.
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