A spice sold in herbal and head shops. It’s packaged as Mr. Spice and appears to be much the same as K2 and similar type spices.
This drug is noted to give a high similar to Marajuana. The truth of the matter is that it renders the user with a high followed by numerous hospitalizations.
According to an article in Sundays Sun-Sentinel, the father of 2 users ages 14 and 17,his 14 year old had a seizure on New Years eve. ” He had 10 seizures and his blood pressure was extremely high.”
Officials apparently are not aware of what the substance is composed of. It “is sold by the gram” and is available in a variety of gas stations and “head” shops.
State and local officials are trying to regulate the drug but it’s sold freely at the present time. Presently, users of this spice tend to be unaware of the potential dangers.
The packages are labled “not for human consumption” but users ignore this in search of the high. This is actually much the same as alcoholism or any other drug addiction. The addict minimizes the negatives and only concentrates on the perceived high.
The unfortune fact about teens and children in general is if the parents say don’t do something many will do just that. This is called Opositional-Defiant behavior from a clinical standpoint.
Many parents see it as stubborness and lack of motivation to change. Like the adult population, it is very important to meet a child/teen where they are at.
If a child/teen wants to dye their hair purple and get a mohawk, the common response is, ” You look ridiculous what did you that for?”
When this is presented a automatic defiance is created. First the parent says you look ridiculous. Failing to separate the person and the behavior.
Children/ adolescents need a furtile enviroment to develope their talent and natural expression. When hindered depression can set in and the child/adolescent becomes stuck, not knowing what to do.
Most parents want to do right by their children. Part of that is discouraging substance abuse.
Stating a behaviour as negative puts the child adolescent in a confrontational position. So concentrating on bad deeds becomes a catch-all that has a negative outcome.
What is important is to concentrate on teaching healthy living and what that looks like.
Substance use has always been a bone of contention between parents and children. In this particular case, use of K2, Mr. Nice Guy and similar “fake pot” intoxicants behavior and the immediate safety need to be considered.