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Candy Weed Marks New Era in Drug Threat to Teens, Adults

Feb 03, 2013

Synthetic drugs have been causing serious problems for law enforcement as manufacturers are bypassing laws by changing the chemical compounds when a substance becomes illegal. The latest substance is called ‘candy weed,’ synthetic marijuana mixed with flavored corn syrup and made into candy-like squares.

According to a 2011 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) survey, more than 11% of high school seniors reported using synthetic marijuana. Poison control centers and hospitals are reporting an increase in cases related to Spice, or K2. Prescription drug abuse is also increasing; overdose deaths in teens aged 15 to 19 years old rose 91% over the last decade. In 2009, the number of drug overdose deaths outnumbered automobile accident deaths.

Learn More: Marijuana, K2 or Spice, Consequences of Drug Abuse, Signs of Drug Use

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