by MARK KILLARMay 15, 2012
K2. K3. Spice. Blaze. Kryptonite. Incense. Synthetic marijuana. Potpourri. Wild Greens. Head Trip. Zombie Matter. Purple Haze. Orange Krunck. “A rose by any other name…”
These are street names for “synthetic marijuana,” a “blend” of herbs that, when combined and smoked, mimics THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Unlike marijuana, the packages, often sold in gas stations and convenience stores, are marked “not for human consumption.” Unlike marijuana, the side effects include panic attacks, rapid heartbeat, hallucinations, and vomiting. Unlike marijuana, it is undetectable by standard drug tests. And that makes it very desirable to kids wanting to get high and not get in trouble.
The Federal government tried to stop synthetic marijuana about 2 years ago. They failed because the producers changed the formula just enough to skate around the ban. So the states decided to take charge and put an end to it on their own.
In its effort to stop the damage, New York State declared the substance illegal on March 29th. According to a NYS Health Department statement issued after Governor Cuomo issued the ban, “synthetic cannabinoids have been linked to severe adverse reactions, including death and acute renal failure, and commonly cause: tachycardia (increased heart rate); paranoid behavior, agitation and irritability; nausea and vomiting; confusion; drowsiness; headache; hypertension; electrolyte abnormalities; seizures; and syncope (loss of consciousness).” New York State Poison Control reported an increase to call centers relating to synthetic weed from 4 in 2009 and 2010, to 105 since 2011, and over half of those involve children under 19 years of age. Since poison control centers calls reflect only a small percentage of actual poisonings, it is reasonable to extrapolate from these numbers to see a far more significant issue.
New York is only one state among many moving in the right direction. Along with New York, New Jersey and Illinois in 2012, and Ohio, California, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oregon, and Kansas in 2010, passed varying levels of legislation making the substance illegal. In fact, over 40 states have some type of legislation on the books prohibiting the sale and/or use of the substance. But that’s only in the USA. Internationally, bans of varying sorts exist in Canada, Austria, Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Chile, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Romania, Slovakia, and Latvia. Clearly, this isn’t just our problem, and it is being taken very seriously.
Kudos to New York and all the other states and nations for taking a positive stand to stop substance abuse. Others will continue to follow. While it may be a small win in the war against drugs, it’s an important win. Good job!
News Source: http://www.free-press-release.com/news-new-york-makes-synthetic-marijuana-illegal-1337113396.html
Official Website: http://www.center-for-addiction-recovery.com
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