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SPICE- A unregulated Incense used to get kids high.


What is Spice?
Spice is a synthetic cannabinoid, "fake" pot, and is sold as incense. Often sold at pipe shops or adult shops as a herb incense or natural herb potpourri. Spice is far from natural. Spice is a chemically altered compound that is not regulated and is very strong. Spice Incense does contain varies dried plants but the chemically made spray on, cannabinoid remains constant. How it works is it is sprayed over the herbs in Spice creating the high when smoked.
Spice is usually inhaled (smoked) and is not legal as a medical treatment. Spice is often combined with marijuana creating a still further hallucinogenic effect. Teens will describe Spice as legal and easier to buy; however it is not meant to be used as a intoxicant, despite the sale at shops that say it is ok. Misuse of the incense does rise to the level of drug use. Spice is often more potent than marijuana (Spice is NOT THC-note: there is NO THC in Spice) because it is entirely chemical and has a more harmful effect on the brain, lungs and body. Spice packages are clearly labeled not for human consumption but it is easily bought by teenagers and misused.

Spice can create:



Increased Blood Pressure

Intense Anxiety

If your loved one has any of these symptoms watch for:

Smell of burning herbs or incense
Foil or pipes
Frequenting pipe or "head shops". 
Finding foil spice packages. 
See a Addictions Counselor if you think your loved one is using Spice. 

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Fun and alive.
That is how you'll feel.
Creative and useful are part of the deal.
The night isn't lonely for your full of ideas,
The old becomes, new as you paint or you plot,
Your  mind keeps on spinning around the clock.
The days become night without any sleep,
A small voice'll whisper, "You're getting in deep."
They come and they try to break you away,
You fight and you scream, God, please go away.
You really can't face the truth, what they say,
You have changed, become crazy, it just happened...she'll stay.
The little voice cries out, "Help me, I'll change,"
but no one can hear you, it's better this way.
So deeper and deeper down the abyss,
Seeing things, hearing voices, it is the devil's own kiss.
No more good time parties from day till the dawn,
Anything good, or accomplished now it's gone.
Instead, its routine, just to breathe through the pain,
Self inflicted, uncaring, your life circles the drain.
They come, we can help you, but you lash out in fear,
Will they take it? The thing I held dear?
Maybe it's time to surrender the game,
Your body aches from years of the strain.
You lift up your eyes, in that second that you can,
You grab hold, and squeeze, it's somebody's hand.

Get help for someone you love.

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Illicit drug use in America has been increasing. In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older—or 9.2 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication (such as a pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer) in the past month."

Ouch, right? Those numbers make an even more painful impact when the alcohol or drug user they are talking about is your very own sweet baby girl or boy. As our children enter the teen years and adulthood they are faced with more access to alcohol and drugs than ever before. I was recently driving with my 60 year old friend through the small town he grew up in he told me stories of his teen years. "I was too drunk to be driving one night," he said, "so the cop just carried me in the house and had my friend drive my car home." Not exactly the world we live in now.


So what do you do when you find out your teen has regularly been using alcohol or marijuana?

  • Do not over react.

Parents tend to believe they have to make a big stand to scare teens. Teens are not easily scared, not away from drugs. Especially not marijuana or alcohol. Remember Dare to Keep Kids Off Drugs? It is not around anymore. Why? Because scare tactics (the programs primary focus) does not work; teens are invincible, right? Therefore, keep it simple. Explain your family rules, your expectations and a consequence such as staying in a weekend and a shorter curfew for a few weeks. A giant punishment loses the intended effect and alienates you from your teen.


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