Synthetic Marijuana Use Rates Skyrocketing
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of synthetic marijuana use is drastically rising. There has been a major increase in the number of phone calls to United States poison control centers. All of these calls are tracked by the National Poison Data System.
Since January of this year, there has been a 330 percent increase of phone calls regarding synthetic marijuana. Most people calling in are young males with an average age of 26 who either intentionally inhaled or ingested some form of synthetic marijuana. Some users also mixed the marijuana with other substances.
In addition to the increase of calls regarding the synthetic marijuana usage, there has been an increase in deaths. So far in 2015, fifteen users have died due to complications with the drug.
Synthetic marijuana is legal and can be found very easily. It goes by names like Spice, K2, Black Mamba and Crazy Clown. Although the Drug Enforcement Agency tries to track the drugs, it is difficult because their ingredients and formula are always changing to avoid becoming illegal.