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Synthetic Marijuana Presents New Risks for Teens

Synthetic marijuana ImageYou’ve probably heard about “synthetic marijuana, spice or herbal incense,” but if you haven’t taken the time to talk to your teen about it, today’s a good day to do so.

That’s because it’s made national headlines, thanks to a teenage girl in Texas. Seventeen-year-old Emily Bauer from Cypress, Texas purchased fake marijuana from a gas station and within 15 minutes of using it, suffered violent hallucinations, uncontrolled bodily functions, and ultimately was put into a medically-induced coma by attending physicians. The Fox News story is frightening, but offers a great opportunity to have a talk with your teen about the dangers of synthetic drugs and the risks that come with taking them.

To read the article, click here.

To find out more about synthetic marijuana, check out the National Institute on Drug Abuse site here.

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