Over the last few years you may have heard of synthetic marijuana/synthetic cannabinoids, also known as “Spice” or “K2”. Since arriving on the drug scene this dangerous substance has become the second most popular illicit drug among American teens, after actual marijuana. Statistics show that synthetic marijuana is especially prevalent among teen boys. In 2012, 11% of American high school seniors acknowledged using synthetic marijuana in the past year. Until recently, synthetic marijuana was hyped as a natural or safe alternative to actual marijuana. However, nothing could be further from the truth. This drug is very un-natural and is part of a class of designer chemicals that have begun to pose a serious threat to drug users young and old. Since being on the market, synthetic marijuana has landed thousands of young adults and teens (mostly young men) in the emergency room. They arrive suffering from severe symptoms including vomiting, racing heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, seizures and hallucinations. In 2010, there were 11,406 ER visits associated with synthetic marijuana: 75% were between the ages of 12-29 years old, 22.5% were females and 77.5% were males.
Designer chemical drugs such as synthetic marijuana (i.e. Spice and K2) along with others like synthetic cocaine (i.e. Bath Salts and Plant Food) and synthetic opioids (i.e. China White) are taking the country by storm. More and more teens and young adults are experimenting with these deadly substances in an attempt to get high. For many, their recreational drug use often spirals into abuse and then addiction leaving them without the resources they need to stop using once and for all. Narconon Fresh Start is a network of exceptionally successful drug rehab programs that can do more than just help an addict get off the drugs they are addicted to, they can help them uncover and resolve the underlying issues that drove them to choose substance abuse as a way to solve their problems. Their treatment centers are focused on helping clients make real and lasting recoveries so that they no longer think of themselves as addicts but as fully recovered individuals who now have all the tools and skills necessary to remain sober on their own.