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Chase Corbitt Burnett, 16, of Fayetteville, Ga., passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Chase was a 10th grade honor student at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, Ga. Chase loved the Lord; he was a member of First Baptist Church Peachtree City. He had a zest for life, family and friends. Chase never met a stranger and made everyone feel special. He was on the Junior Varsity soccer team, and an "EXTREME" sports enthusiast. He also recently found the love of golf. He received his primary education at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn, Ga.

 

Chase’s death was a result of drowning in the family’s hot tube … precipitated by the use of "Spice”.  Chase’s parents do not want this to happen to another young person period and we all have an opportunity to use our direct influence to assist them.  They want families, teens to know what "Spice” is and what it does to wonderful young people who are pulled into the false sense of security they feel when they use something that they can purchase legally.  Although the original "Spice” was banned there has been some altering of ingredients that took it out of the banned Schedule 1 classification and the product can be found in some convenience stores, head shops and on the internet.    

 

SPICE HERBAL SMOKE BLEND ™

 
Description: Spice is an exotic herbal smoking blend that releases a rich and pleasing aroma when burned. The plants contained in Spice have been used for spiritual purposes by ancient cultures throughout the world. Spice packs are packaged in a high quality re-sealable pouch to ensure freshness. The uplifting aroma of Spice is acceptable anywhere and anytime. It is perfect whilst chilling out at home or hanging out with friends. Packaged in a high quality re-sealable pouch to ensure freshness. This blend is not your typical herbal smoke. It is absolutely intoxicating and extremely potent. (this is from a website that was selling the product - they had an addendum at the bottom that they were no longer selling the product)
 

(http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/infofacts/spice )

"Spice” is used to describe a diverse family of herbal mixtures marketed under many names, including K2, fake marijuana, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks, and others. These products contain dried, shredded plant material and presumably, chemical additives that are responsible for their psychoactive (mind-altering) effects. Spice mixtures are sold in many countries (USA) in head shops, gas stations, and via the Internet, although their sale and use are illegal throughout most European countries.

There’s a drug popular with teens in the U.S. that many parents may never have heard of, but worst of all – it is legal. This drug, called "Spice” or "K2” is said to give the user a marijuana-like high. Sold in shops and online as incense, it is being smoked as a legal alternative to marijuana. But this drug appears to have far more dangerous side-effects and without the necessary regulation, consumers have no idea what they’re really getting.

Spice originally appeared on the scene in the late 1990s, but didn’t really become popular until 2008. As the drug gained popularity in Europe, scientists began conducting research into the composition of this drug and any potential effects on the body. As a result of these investigations, many countries subsequently banned Spice including Germany, France, Chile, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, and the U.K. The United States currently has no such ban on the drug, likely due to the fact that it has only recently become popular in the U.S. (The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently banned five synthetic cannabinoids3 by placing them in Schedule I status under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule I status means that the substance is considered to have a high potential for abuse and no known medical benefits; and as such, it is illegal to possess or sell products that contain the substance.)

German researchers were able to determine that Spice contained a variety of synthetic cannabinoids, which are chemical compounds devised to produce marijuana-like effects. There was a high quantity of other synthetic chemicals found as well, indicating that a user really has no way of knowing what they are being exposed to. Worse yet, Spice appears to have many negative side effects that marijuana does not such as anxiety attacks, hallucinations, nausea, and a chemical dependency. Three teenagers in Roswell, GA were recently hospitalized after using Spice. One teen had a severe reaction to the drug, resulting in swelling of the brain.

Currently there is no way to test for the use of Spice, as it is not a regulated drug. Theoretically, children under the age of 18 cannot buy the drug, as head shops and online stores are not supposed to sell to minors. As this drug is still legal in the U.S., many people may be led to believe that it is a safe alternative to marijuana. This could not be further from the truth. Parents, teachers, and lawmakers need to be made aware that this drug is out there and that it has the potential to harm the lives of our children.

There is much more that can be found on the internet about this terribly dangerous and popular drug among teens.  One national survey (Monitoring the Future) from Fall 2011 statistic stated that 1 in 9 high school seniors had reported using this drug

 

 
                 
 
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