*This post was originally published on Go Team Duncan in 2011.
With school coming back into session, there will be a noticeable rise in ‘peer pressure’ based incidents. We see it every year without fail, but there are astronomically more dangerous things awaiting our youth than the ‘penny on the tracks’ dares of old.
I’m talking about drugs, folks. Not the drug store fake Ephedra pills, either. Not your average, run of the mill marijuana. It’s not even cocaine anymore. I’m talking about new(ish) synthetic drugs that even addicts and junkies warn people against. That shouldn’t scare you, though. It should terrify you.
Start listening for these buzzwords:
- Bath Salts
- Ivory Wave
- Vanilla Sky
- Black Magic
- The list goes on…
What are they? They are synthetic drugs that are made by using organic plant material coated with chemicals that are supposed to have marijuana-like effects. The problem is that the chemicals are not approved for human consumption. They are also not testable through your standard THC drug tests.
I mentioned that junkies are even scared of this stuff earlier. That’s because you don’t just get high, this stuff causes side effects known by the DEA to cause convulsions, anxiety attacks, dangerously elevated heart rates, increased blood pressure, vomiting, and disorientation. In researching these drugs online, I also found cases of young adults cutting themselves in hallucinatory stupors—even trying to attack and kill people while under the influence of them. And yes, people have died from them.
What’s worse? THEY ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE!
Yes, that’s right—online. Some smoke shops and convenience stores even carry them, because their non-THC base and approval status makes them legal in some areas. Now, this part is changing rapidly. Several states have passed laws against the carry, distribution, and production of products containing the chemicals (the DEA lists them as JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol.) The DEA has placed restrictions on these as well, but is that enough?
You need to take action, folks. Talk to your city and state officials. Warn your school administrators and ensure they have policies set up for swift and decisive action against these highly addictive, extremely dangerous substances. Some colleges don’t even have policy put forward, simply because they do not believe their students are at risk.
It’s your child’s life were dealing with here. I wouldn’t take the chance. Would you?
For more information, start with the DEA site at https://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/pressrel/pr030111.html and look up these names on Google. You’ll be shocked at how easy they are to find info on.
Spice image retrieved from the DEA site listed above.