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An interesting viewpoint from Mother Jones’ Gavin Aronsen.

Citing the recent “first of its kind” synthetic marijuana study that we told you about on this blog a few days ago, Aronsen makes the argument that these drugs wouldn’t exist if marijuana wasn’t banned in the first place.

Long before the abuse of synthetic drugs, is the abuse of other illicit and legal drugs. One test detects drug use in minutes.

But the truth is, people with a desire to reach a high have long sought out alternative methods to what has been available.

Synthetic marijuana users aren’t pushed to the fake stuff because an absence or illegality of weed.

Marijuana is everywhere.

Synthetic drugs like k2 spice, bath salts etc. exist because people want to go to that next level.

People would smoke low level marijuana if they just liked to get high, but marijuana connoisseurs grow, sell, and buy premium grade marijuana at dispensaries where medicinal marijuana can be legally sold.

I know someone who abuses spice, k2, and other synthetic marijuana products.

She has been a long time marijuana smoker. She has no problem gaining access to a small amount of marijuana.

But she chooses to use synthetics because they make her feel good.

She pays more for the synthetic high, and she doesn’t even take the legality of either substance in consideration when she wants to use.

In the end, it really isn’t important why people use synthetic drugs. The key is that synthetics can kill, and need to be removed from store shelves.

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We are learning just how many youths and young adults are having serious health complications from synthetic marijuana.

The Drug Abuse Warning Network has released its’ first study on synthetic marijuana.

K2, Spice and other synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana high sent 11,406 people — mostly teens and young adults — to the ER in 2010.

The report, found that children ages 12 to 17 accounted for one-third of the emergency room visits. Young adults ages 18 to 24 accounted for another 35%.

“This report confirms that synthetic drugs cause substantial damage to public health and safety,” Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske said.

Spice and K2, marketed as legal, fake pot and labeled as herbal incense, emerged in 2009 as popular drugs among teenagers and college students, who could purchase the substances online, in head shops, and in convenience stores.

Problems quickly emerged. Doctors reported teenagers arriving in the emergency room with high fevers and strange behavior.

The packaging clearly states “not for human consumption” but that almost serves as a beacon for teens that “hey this is the stuff you want to mess around with.”

The DEA instituted an emergency ban on the key chemical components. In July, Congress banned sales of K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.

However, amateur chemists continue to make these compounds and hand them out to people, treating them almost as guinea pigs.

It’s important for parents to understand what these compounds are, and for them to have a meaningful dialogue with their kids about the dangers.

It’s a tragic story that keeps being relived across America.

Teens and young adults dying from drug use, and it’s not the common place drugs.

There’s a lot of concern over synthetic drugs.

The latest was Saturday night, as a gesture of gratitude turned into a grave situation almost immediately.

According to the Times Picayune’s nola.com a veteran of drug taking and music festivals at the age of 21, died after taking a single drop of a new synthetic drug 2E-I.

Clayton Otwell’s companion told police that the two traveled the country attending music festivals and using alcohol and drugs. His most recent stop was City Park, Louisiana.

But after Otwell found a man’s cell phone, the man offered Otwell a dose of the synthetic drug as a token of gratitude.

It turned out to be a fatal mistake.

According to the paper, the man put one droplet of the drug in Otwell’s noise. He immediately showed signs of an adverse reaction, babbling incoherently.

Despite rushing him to the medical tent within minutes, Otwell was unconscious by 30 minutes. A short time later he was on life support.

Doctors took him off life support Tuesday.

Otwell was not the only one to be treated at the festival for a reaction to 2E-I, but he was the only person killed by.

Festival goers told reporter Naomi Martin, that numerous people were offering the drug as a synthetic LSD or mescaline.

A DEA spokeperson told the paper that the drug, sometimes called “N-Bomb” for its chemical composition 25I-NBOMe.

Drug Enforcement Administration considers analogous to LSD and therefore illegal in all 50 states.

There is a lot more to this story on the nola.com website.
Please read about the hospital’s reaction to these cases, which were unfamiliar with them, plus more from the concert goers who said that attendees are basically guinea pigs.

It was created nearly 10 years ago, but some communities are finally seeing an arrival of 2-C-I, or as it is known on the streets as “smiles.”

The drug is described as a stronger combination of LSD and Ecstasy, and it elevates the heart rate.

Because of some of the chemical compounds, smiles is illegal in states where a comprehensive synthetic ban is in place.

Some may mix it with chocolate or candy, but that’s nothing different than other synthetic or substances like psyco mushrooms.

Parents should beware, and again familiarize themselves with the street terms of drugs and drug using.

There is a complete guide of street terms on the teensavers website, which you can access by clicking HERE.

The Drug Enforcement Agency this week announced that it has collected more than two million pounds of unused, unwanted, and expired prescription drugs, thanks to its National Drug Take Back Day.

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The agency, and numerous branches of law enforcement, health, and civic groups across the country helped collect the pills over the last two years.

The most recent drug take back day amounted in a half a million pounds of prescription drugs.

We are grateful that community members come together to dispose of these pills.

Statistics show that millions of people are hooked on pills, and many of them get those pills from friends and loved ones.

2,500 children begin abusing prescription drugs daily, and that’s a number and a trend that we need to reverse.

Teensavers wanted to pass along an article today from the Associated Post’s Pauline Jelinek is opening eyes on the pill and alcohol abuse in our military.

Among the scariest statistics, 20 percent of active-duty service members reported they engaged in heavy drinking in 2008, the latest year for which data was available. (Heavy drinking was defined as five or more drinks a day as a regular practice.)

While rates of both illicit and prescription drug abuse are low, the rate of medication misuse is rising. Just 2 percent of active-duty personnel reported misusing prescription drugs in 2002 compared with 11 percent in 2008.

For more information on this study on the men and women serving our country, click HERE.

Florida lawmakers listen up.   You have the chance to stop a serious epidemic in our country; painkiller addiction.

U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan was leading the way.

He tried to stop the pill problem in Florida, but his bill was cut out of the recent FDA Safety and Innovation act.

The bill called for stricter requirements to obtain serious opiates like hydrocodone.

One of the requirements was to have the original prescription when obtaining refills.

The bill would have gone a long way, but the Florida house and senate budget negotiators stopped the bill’s progress.

I would guess that representative Buchanan will try again in 2013 to tackle the prescription pill mill problem, and he needs more support by Floridians and those in the Florida government.

 

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) unveiled proposed legislation that aims to curtail prescription drug abuse and strengthen penalties for pharmaceutical theft in Ohio.

Brown outlined his plan at Kahler Pharmacy in South Toledo.

The proposed legislation is called the Strengthening and Focusing Enforcement to Deter Organized Stealing and Enhance Safety (SAFE DOSES) Act, a bipartisan bill committed to eliminating prescription drug crime in Ohio.

This is the kind of tougher laws we need as more people abuse these legal highs.

The DEA arrested 3 men and seized $7 million in drugs and money, in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth.

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The seizure amounted to 86 pounds of heroin worth about $6 million, 4.4 pounds of methamphetamine, and a couple of guns.

The drugs were a big part of the Atlanta heroin scene, and were funneled in by 3 members of the Mexican carter La Familia.

Heroin has made a big comeback recently because dealers have been able to distill more pure and potent forms of the drug, allowing addicts to get an easier high by smoking or snorting it.

Most of the users are addicted to opiates.

The DEA spread out across 100 cities Wednesday and Thursday to find and seize synthetic drugs.

Reports surfaced from Pittsburgh, New York, and California that the raids were carried out.

The government is on the offensive against the toxic chemicals since President Obama signed a ban on the substances a few weeks ago.

Synthetic drugs are known to have PCP like effects, ranging from hallucinations to uncontrollable shaking.