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One In Nine High School Seniors Have Used "Spice"

Last updated on Friday, February 17, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) (WISH) - Despite efforts by lawmakers to ban the substance, the National Institute on Drug Abuse says one in nine high school seniors reports they’ve used “spice” or “K2” over the past year.

Tuesday, a 16-year-old Carmel girl had to be rushed to the hospital after smoking spice .

"According to witnesses who were there, when she started to smoke some of this, she started to convulse and have some breathing issues, and then she started to have a seizure," said Jeff Horner, Carmel Police Department spokesman.

Paramedics took the girl to St. Vincent Hospital, where she recovered.

The owner of the home where the incident happened said the girl, whom the homeowner didn't know, had come over with another friend to hang out with her son.

The kids headed upstairs, where they started smoking spice. The homeowner said the kids bought the spice from 20 Past 4 & More, a store in Broad Ripple .

Tore Clerks says its easy to get the items if you are 18-years-old or older.

Spice and another product called bath salts - promoted as alternatives to marijuana and cocaine, respectively, are usually labeled "not for human consumption." The dangerous compounds have been responsible for deaths across the U.S.

Last year, Indiana became the 33rd state to ban the substances. But chemists came up with new compounds that skirted the law and allowed retailers to continue selling products like spice.

Now tougher legislation is in the works. A bill to enhance a synthetic drug ban is now headed to the Indiana House.

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