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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

DEA Crack Down On Faux Marijuana Products

In the past few months there has been a lot of talk about faux marijuana products or substances containing synthetic THC due to the inherent dangers associated with them. Back in January the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) put forth an emergency ban on products like "Spice" and "K2" in order to run tests on them to determine the level of danger. The DEA has now gone a step further by issuing the most severe ban possible this week, exercising the Controlled Substances Act by putting a federal control on chemicals used to make faux marijuana products. The goal of this emergency action is to prevent an imminent threat to public health and safety according to the enforcement agency.

Schedule I substance controls are for drugs that have no accepted medical use and have a high potential for abuse; drugs like "Spice," "K2," "Blaze," and "Red X Dawn" are branded as herbal incense to hide the fact of their intended usage. It is amazing that it has taken as long as it has to get a handle on the situation considering the amount of poison control reports across the country. Better late than never, drugs like "Spice" and "K2" are only gaining more exposure as time goes on. According to emergency room reports, there are a plethora of side effects associated with these imitation drugs, such as: convulsions, anxiety attacks, dangerously elevated heart rates, increased blood pressure, vomiting, and disorientation. It is easy to see that serious health problems will emerge if individuals continue to use these substances.

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart comments:

"Young people are being harmed when they smoke these dangerous 'fake pot' products and wrongly equate the products' 'legal' retail availability with being 'safe.' Parents and community leaders look to us to help them protect their kids, and we have not let them down. Today's action, while temporary, will reduce the number of young people being seen in hospital emergency rooms after ingesting these synthetic chemicals to get high."

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