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Editorial: Sugarcoating synthetic marijuana needs to end

June 7, 2012
The Alpena News

Let's stop calling it "synthetic marijuana."

Yes, this new designer drug contains cannabinoids that are similar to that found in cannabis, but that is where the similarity ends.

Like it or not, many people view marijuana on a different shelf than other drugs and thus, we believe there is a perception out there that when people hear marijuana, to also downplay "synthetic marijuana's" lethal effects.

Yet to do so would be dangerous. "Synthetic marijuana" is as dangerous, if not more so, than the worst case of LSD, cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Officials say it is every bit as addictive as the worst of the above narcotics and potentially, can match, if not eventually exceed, the physical illnesses and ailments brought on by continued drug use of any of the above drugs.

In a Detroit Free Press story picked up by USA Today this past week, author Elisha Anderson recounts the following incidents in Michigan that have occurred in recent months:

"It is actually, very, very dangerous," said a psychiatrist interviewed in the story. "If you have propensity toward any psychotic illness ... that will bring it out."

So let's stop sugarcoating it and calling it such whimpy names like "synthetic marijuana" or "designer drugs."

Give it any name you want, but we suggest "Psychotic Death."

The way we see it, users have a pretty good chance of suffering permanent brain damage or dying if they ingest it.

Life's too short. Why risk destroying your body for a temporary high?



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