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Synthetic Marijuana Use Up Among High School Seniors: Warnings Issued To Parents
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Introduced in Europe in 2004, Spice, a synthetic form of marijuana is becoming the drug of choice among high school seniors according to a recent health survey. The product is being redesignated in most places, is second in usage among teens, surpassed only by marijuana. According to the survey, one in nine high school seniors have admitted to using Spice or one of its other names.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has banned the legal sales of a number of the chemicals needed to make Spice, effectively knocking it off of shelves. It had been sold in convenience stores, in smoke shops and on the internet, often without restrictions. Many states have worked to create laws that would limit or restrict the product, working on an outright ban of its sale.

Spice has been marketed as a herbal incense but its packaging also calls it a smoking blend as well. Each packet, which can be bought in a number of different sizes, lists a number of ingredients, supposedly contained in the blend but lab tests reveal that in most cases, the listed ingredients are not actually contained in the blend. Experts warn that is only part of the problem with the synthetic marijuana.

People who smoke the product do not know for sure what they are getting, which can be dangerous with each package that they consume. Poison control centers across the United States have seen a dramatic increase in the number of Spice related calls- more than double the number for last year. And the problems don't stop there- stopping the use of Spice and related types of drugs is a different process than stopping marijuana. In addition to marijuana and its synthetic cousin, the high school seniors are reportedly abusing prescription medications as well. Oxycontin use has climbed while the use of Vicodin has dropped slightly. Adderal and Ritalin, often consumed in combination with one another has remained unchanged. Prescription cough medications as well as the stronger over the counter products has also decreased slightly.

The survey which showed that one in nine high school seniors had used Spice in the previous year, did have some bright spots. High school drinking and cigarette use has declined to record lows, falling steadily for the past ten years. Researchers credit increased awareness and education on the reduced numbers of smokers and hope that the same kind of campaign can be started to make the teens aware of how dangerous Spice really can be.


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Why do teens pursue drugs? Why synthetic verses Marijuana? What are the emotional or mental pains or boredom? Showing teens a better way to living, drug and or alcohol free. Help them to effectively deal with the issues that leads them to drugs. Help them to be open minded to change or better solutions.

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