According to State Health Officer Don Williamson, an herbal and chemical compound that mimics marijuana has become a growing and most serious problem in Alabama. Dr. Williamson said the product is sold in stores under a variety of names, including “Spice,” ”K2″ and “Yucatan Fire.” It’s a blend of herbs coated with a chemical compound similar to the natural substance in marijuana that gives users their “high.” The Regional Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital of Alabama reports receiving 67 calls from people exposed to the substance since October 2010. The Department of Public Health held a public hearing about “Spice” on September 19th in Montgomery. The hearing focused on the extent of the problem and possible solutions. It appears this is a massive problem that has gone virtually unnoticed by parents.
Source: Associated Press
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