Friday, August 15, 2014

Minnesota "Spice" Awareness

English: "Spice gold" smoking blend
(: Wikipedia)
In Minnesota, health professionals have created a website designed to warn people about the many dangers of synthetic drug use.

The website, KnowTheDangers.com provides facts and information about designer drugs. It gives readers knowledge on side effects, packaging, behavior issues, and answers common questions about “spice.”

Minnesota has reported a rise in synthetic drug use in 2014. Three overdose deaths have been reported since January 2014. A survey of 15,000 high school students in the state revealed almost 12% have tried synthetic drugs.

State Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson stated, “we want people to know that synthetic drugs, which until recently could be purchased in some stores, are in fact very dangerous and illegal. [This site] will give parents and others with young people in their lives the information they need to recognize synthetic drugs and start conversations about the substances before they cause more harm in Minnesota communities.”

Designer drugs can lead to a whole slew of health problems. It may cause severe agitation, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, a racing heartbeat, seizures, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts or actions.

President Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act in 2012, which permanently places 26 types of synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones into Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.

If you are struggling with addiction, now is the time to get help. Checking into a substance abuse treatment program gives you the opportunity to live a life free from the bonds of chemical dependence.

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