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Feb 2, 2012
 
PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania eighth-grader who became ill after smoking synthetic marijuana and had a double lung transplant has died.

Tonya Rice tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review () that her 13-year-old son, Brandon, died Thursday morning at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC. http://bit.ly/tk0Vod

The boy smoked the fake marijuana out of a plastic PEZ candy dispenser. The chemicals in the drugs caused extensive damage to his lungs. Brandon was put on a respirator in June and had a double lung transplant in September.

The boy's mother says anti-rejection drugs he'd taken since the transplants weakened his immune system and made him unable to fight a recent infection.

Gov. Tom Corbett signed a law outlawing such substances in Pennsylvania a few days after the boy smoked the substances. The ban took effect in August.
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Feb 2, 2012
 
Anderson University basketball player Lamar Jack died after ingesting a chemical that is a key ingredient in synthetic marijuana, the county corner said Saturday.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said specialists from an accredited laboratory in Pennsylvania ran toxicology tests and analyzed blood samples that were taken when Jack was admitted to AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson. The lab testing and analysis revealed that Jack had the chemical JWH-018 in his body when he collapsed during a preseason warm-up with his team on Sept. 30. Just days later, on Oct. 4, Jack died. He was 19.

for the rest of the story:
http://www.independentmail.com/news/2011/oct/...
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Feb 2, 2012
 
exerpts from:
http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/local_news/mo...

He and his friend had been smoking synthetic pot for the past few months. He said it's convenient. You can buy it off a store shelf, pass your drug tests at work and still get high. Sadly, a vice may have become his undoing. Last Wednesday, the anonymous man said the two of them were smoking fake marijuana on the couch when his friend had trouble breathing.

"That's when he had a stroke. He started convulsing and foaming at the mouth,” the anonymous man said.The friend was rushed to the hospital.
The anonymous man recalled, "When the ambulance got there, he was somewhat responsive. He was up and about, but he wasn't coherent. He didn't know who he was yet. He didn't know where he was, what happened, anything."The friend improved later that day, but the next day, he had a heart attack. "He was brain-dead for two days until he passed on,”

So one more time, all together now:
"THE SH!T IS LETHAL!
DON'T BUY IT ANYWHERE!
DON'T DO IT!
IT CAN KILL YOU!
YOU'D HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO EVEN TRY IT ONCE!"

...and shame on any business person or "employee" who sell this garbage even from under the counter. maybe YOUR kid will be the next to die.
stopdrugschangey ourlife

New York, NY

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Feb 2, 2012
 
it is what it is wrote:
exerpts from:
http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/local_news/mo...
He and his friend had been smoking synthetic pot for the past few months. He said it's convenient. You can buy it off a store shelf, pass your drug tests at work and still get high. Sadly, a vice may have become his undoing. Last Wednesday, the anonymous man said the two of them were smoking fake marijuana on the couch when his friend had trouble breathing.
"That's when he had a stroke. He started convulsing and foaming at the mouth,” the anonymous man said.The friend was rushed to the hospital.
The anonymous man recalled, "When the ambulance got there, he was somewhat responsive. He was up and about, but he wasn't coherent. He didn't know who he was yet. He didn't know where he was, what happened, anything."The friend improved later that day, but the next day, he had a heart attack. "He was brain-dead for two days until he passed on,”
So one more time, all together now:
"THE SH!T IS LETHAL!
DON'T BUY IT ANYWHERE!
DON'T DO IT!
IT CAN KILL YOU!
YOU'D HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO EVEN TRY IT ONCE!"
...and shame on any business person or "employee" who sell this garbage even from under the counter. maybe YOUR kid will be the next to die.
^Amen.
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Feb 3, 2012
 
Minnesota-
After police caught him with more than 4 ounces of marijuana in his parents' home in December, Alex Winterhalter swapped drugs and started smoking synthetic pot. According to his friends, Winterhalter figured it was the best way to keep getting high -- without getting in trouble again. Winterhalter, 22, apparently paid for that mistake with his life.

On April 26, the police were called to Winterhalter's home in Maple Grove again. They found him in the basement, bleeding from a single gunshot to the head. Police initially suspected suicide. But after a four-month investigation, police recently concluded that the shooting was an accident, brought on from an "altered state of mind caused by chemicals," according to a report made public last week.

The drugs, which are marketed as "legal" alternatives to drugs such as cocaine and marijuana, are dangerously unpredictable. Test results of 30 synthetic drugs bought by the newspaper revealed wide variations in chemical makeup and potency, greatly increasing the chances of an accidental overdose, according to experts who reviewed the newspaper's research.
for the complete story: http://www.startribune.com/local/west/1295029...
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#6
Feb 3, 2012
 
and...
"THE SH!T IS LETHAL!
DON'T BUY IT ANYWHERE!
DON'T DO IT!
IT CAN KILL YOU!
YOU'D HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO EVEN TRY IT ONCE!"
Hunter

New York, NY

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#7
Feb 3, 2012
 
I smoke pot and I'll be the 1st one to admit it, but I have never even tried this stuff. I have been offered to try it and I turned it down. It is nothing but a cheap high for scumbags. I'll be an "idiot" that buys quarters for $70.00-$100.00, before I'll be an idiot and waste my money on this junk. This synthetic pot is not made to be rolled up into a "blunt" and be smoked everyday(which I'm sure happens in most cases). People can't inhale these chemicals everyday and not expect some type of repercussions. What these simpletons don't see is that they are not hurting the chemicals, the chemicals are hurting them...lol It's like smashing your computer. Whether it's in a blunt or smoked out of a pipe, one of these days they will pay the piper(lol I had to say it).
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Chittenango, NY

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#8
Feb 4, 2012
 
http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/857094...
The headline reads:
"Mom sues store that sold synthetic marijuana to her son"
AURORA — The mother of an Aurora teen killed in a dramatic car crash has filed suit against the owners of the store who allegedly sold the 19-year-old synthetic marijuana.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in DuPage County Court, claims that on June 14, Max Dobner and a friend bought “iAroma,” synthetic marijuana, from The Cigar Box at the Westfield Fox Valley mall in Aurora. The Cigar Box has since closed.
According to the suit, the iAroma product was labeled as potpourri, although it had no instructions for use and showed wisps of black smoke rising on the front and back of the package. The ingredients on the item were listed as marshmallow leaf and fruit scent but made no reference to synthetic drugs.
After buying the iAroma, Max and his female friend smoked part of the product, and then Max was dropped off at his home, the suit claims. At his house, Max began having symptoms similar to a panic attack. He called his brother and told him that he had smoked the legal stuff.
The suit claims that Max then rushed out of the house, leaving all the doors open to the point where a family pet ran outside. Max got into a car and began driving erratically, on the wrong side of the road, knocking over road signs, the suit says. Police said Max was traveling at 100 mph when he reached the T-intersection where Mooseheart Road meets Route 31 in North Aurora.
The car hit a curb, was launched through the air and ended up embedded in a house. The car’s engine careened into the kitchen, narrowly missing a child who had just left the house. Max died at the scene.
According to the suit, an autopsy later determined Max had JWH-210, a chemically engineered form of synthetic marijuana, in his system at the time of the crash.
...so to Tebb's and every other outlet for this poison:
Be advised "you're going down."
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#9
Feb 4, 2012
 
Dont forget that demi moore was just sent to the hospital for smoking this stuff too.
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#10
Feb 4, 2012
 
yep wrote:
Dont forget that demi moore was just sent to the hospital for smoking this stuff too.
I know, and she used to be one fine b!tch! Now look at her. Not sure if fake weed was her downfall but it appears that the substance appeals to those who are sad, broken, defective, clueless souls with no self worth or reason to live. Seems we have more than our share locally.
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Feb 5, 2012
 
.....and today from Tennesee:
KINGSPORT,-- Aggressive, uncontrollable, and hallucinating -- that's how doctors describe the reactions of people under the influence of synthetic drugs like K2 and bath salts. Recently we told you about a local teen put in a medically-induced coma after overdosing on synthetic marijuana. 18-year old Shannon Phillips is now out of the ICU...
It's two weeks forever missing in Phillips' life; he had a violent and nearly deadly reaction after smoking synthetic marijuana. Because of that, he was put in a medically-induced coma. Phillips is now out of intensive care and said he's feeling a bit better, but he can't remember any of his reaction. "I told my cousin he was going to die. I said I was going to kill him and I don't know why," he said.

for the complete story:http://www.wcyb.com/news /30373753/detail.html

at least this kid didn't die... yet. we don't know the long term damage.
So to Mr. Tebbets (our local "phunk" kingpin) WHEN (not if) your garbage harms one of our own you will be held accountable.
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Feb 5, 2012
 
The people at tebbs worship saintin
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Utica, NY

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Feb 6, 2012
 
who wrote:
The people at tebbs worship saintin
Actually it's Satan :)
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Feb 6, 2012
 
from: http://www.mydeathspace.com/article/2010/08/1... (28)_died_after_she_smoked_a_s ynthetic_marijuana_laced_incen se_known_as__Spice_A mother of two is dead after using a synthetic-marijuana laced incense known as "Spice."

Now her friends and family want the drug outlawed since more and more people appear to be dying from it.

"Yesterday I lost one of the most important people in my life," says Heather Hogan, blinking back tears, still trying to make sense of a life taken so suddenly.
"How many people is it going to have to kill before they'll do anything about it," asks Hogan.
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Feb 7, 2012
 
Synthetic Marijuana Linked to Dozens of Medical Emergencies
Dec 15, 2011

Despite a ban on synthetic marijuana (known as “Spice” or “K2”), emergency calls to the West Texas Regional Poison Center have tripled since last year. The drug is a mix of herbs and spices sprayed with synthetic chemicals that have effects similar to those of marijuana. Synthetic marijuana has effects that are more severe than regular marijuana, is about 10 times stronger than marijuana, and is not pure. The drug can cause an elevated heart rate, chest pains, nausea, vomiting, enlarged pupils, confusion, shortness of breath, panic attacks and loss of consciousness.

Spice was legal until March, when the DEA declared it a hazard to public safety and placed the chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana in the same category as heroin. In the past few years, synthetic herb mixes that are smoked have increased in popularity, marketed as "legal" and creating a marijuana-like high. The typical user is a male in his late teens or early 20s. "Young people are being harmed when they smoke these dangerous “fake pot” products and wrongly equate the products''legal' retail availability with being 'safe,'" DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart has said.
Source - El Paso Times

this sh!t (called "legal phunk" locally) is gonna kill someone soon. just a matter of time.... can't help but wonder what the payback will be for the sh!tbag who's identified as the supplier.
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Feb 8, 2012
 
http://the420times.com/2010/06/fake-marijuana...
and Sciencedaily.com :

According to (Dr. Anthony) Scalzo,*Legal Phunk, an unregulated mixture of dried herbs, is growing in popularity because it is legal, purported to give a high similar to marijuana and believed to be natural and therefore safe.

“*Legal Phunk may be a mixture of herbal and spice plant products, but it is sprayed with a potent psychotropic drug and likely contaminated with an unknown toxic substance that is causing many adverse effects. These toxic chemicals are neither natural nor safe,” said Scalzo, who also directs the Missouri Regional Poison Control Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

When you hear things like “sprayed with a potent psychotropic drug,” that’s a good indication that said product is not “natural.” And when you hear things like this, you also know the product is far from safe.

David Rozga, 18, smoked *Legal Phunk on June 6 before he suffered a severe panic attack, told friends he was “going to hell,” then went home and shot and killed himself.

People like to say that *Legal Phunk is “similar” to marijuana. Really? How many people have smoked some weed then went home and shot themselves?

As states rush to ban this substance, it’s very important to keep in mind that *Legal Phunk is not marijuana. The symptoms associated with its use are far removed from what people experience when they use marijuana; the biggest difference of course being that people die as a direct result of consuming *Legal Phunk.

The media realizes that if they say people are smoking incense and dying, it’s not as sensational as saying they are smoking “fake weed,” and dying. It’s like someone drinking a bottle of rubbing alcohol and saying they got sick from drinking a few beers. Calling it “fake marijuana” doesn’t make it marijuana.

If you’re a kid and you’re thinking of trying K2 because it’s still legal to buy in your state, you’d be better off running the risk of buying real, illegal marijuana. Even if you get caught, you won’t die from inhaling a toxic substance or experience “hallucinations, severe agitation, elevated heart rate and blood pressure, vomiting and, in some cases, tremors and seizures,” like you do from K2. You’ll just be another statistic in The War on Drugs.

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Feb 8, 2012
 

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And real marijuana is illegal? What the hell kind of bs is this? I've never heard of anyone ever dying from smoking the real stuff!!! Not to brag, but I use to smoke marijuana all the time. You can only get so high and then it's a waste to smoke anymore. I'm all for legalizing the real stuff and making this stuff illegal. Call me crazy!
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RomanRoller wrote:
And real marijuana is illegal? What the hell kind of bs is this? I've never heard of anyone ever dying from smoking the real stuff!!! Not to brag, but I use to smoke marijuana all the time. You can only get so high and then it's a waste to smoke anymore. I'm all for legalizing the real stuff and making this stuff illegal. Call me crazy!
nothing crazy about your view roller. of course the very heart of the issue is the damage being done by ou failed "war on drugs", which is of course much worse than the drugs themselves and what drives people to trying these fake concoctions laced with poison. who's the scumbag here? the guy who sells a harmless bag of (illegal) weed or the guy who legally deals in a look alike fake substance that's literally killing people?
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Feb 8, 2012
 
Don't buy.
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Feb 9, 2012
 
Today's story comes from Iowa.

DES MOINES (AP)- State drug control officials are warning residents about a new substance marketed as fake or synthetic marijuana and say it already is responsible for the DEATH of one central Iowa teen.

The Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy said Wednesday that caution should be taken with the substance, which is sold under the labels "Spice" and "K2.,*and LEGEA PHUNK" Iowa Drug Policy Coordinator Gary Kendall says he will ask the governor and state Legislature to ban the substances in Iowa.

Kendall says the substances could cause anxiety, panic attacks, agitation, hallucinations and seizures. Experts say the substances are legal, but federal drug authorities have labeled them "drugs and chemicals of concern." They are banned in three states.

Full Release from the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy:
DES MOINES – The State’s Drug Policy Coordinator issued an alert today for Iowans to use caution when dealing with a relatively new substance sometimes referred to as fake or synthetic marijuana, and sold under names such as “*LEGAL PHUNK, Spice” or “K2.”

“Increasingly within the last month, our office has received concerns about an olive-colored plant material often referred to and smoked as synthetic marijuana,” said Gary Kendell, Iowa’s Drug Policy Coordinator and Director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.“While most of these types of products are currently unregulated, in my opinion the effects they reportedly have on users are cause for concern.”

“These products are sometimes sold as herbal incense mixtures, but they contain various synthetic compounds that appear to stimulate the same areas of the brain as marijuana,” Kendell said.“Unlike marijuana, according to the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center, the effects of these products include anxiety, panic attacks, agitation, hallucinations and seizures.”

“Our concern about this substance and others like it has become an unfortunate reality with the recent tragic death of a central Iowa teen after using K2,” said Kendell.

While many of the synthetic marijuana products are currently legal, the DEA has labeled them as “drugs and chemicals of concern.” Three states recently banned the chemical compounds found in *LEGAL PHUNK, K2 and Spice, and at least eight other states are considering a ban.

“Safety must come first, and I will ask Governor Culver and the Legislature to make these types of products a schedule one controlled substance under Iowa law, effectively banning the sale or use of them in our state,” said Kendell.“I’m also in conversation with members of Iowa’s congressional delegation about considering a federal ban.”

In the meantime, Kendell urges Iowans to educate themselves about synthetic marijuana by going to the ODCP website at www.iowa.gov/odcp . Iowans with concerns about someone smoking “Spice” or other similar products should immediately call the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center toll-free hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

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