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Lancaster County, SC Sheriff's Office
Friday March 5th, 2010 :: 09:14 a.m. EST


Parents beware of a drug called "Spice". It is legally sold in stores and may be dangerous to kids.

York County has reported an increase in the usage of a legal drug by students in their schools. The drug is called “Spice” and different brands may have different variations of the word “spice” in their brand names. It is sold in stores like Infinty’s End in Charlotte who target teens with drug paraphernalia, incense, etc. Spice is sold as an incense or a marijuana substitute. The manufacturers claim that it is produced from natural ingredients that produce a high similar to marijuana. There are other ingredients sold in these stores that can be mixed with Spice to optimize the effects.

The truth is the products contain synthetic cannabanoids which can give the effect of being high. However, the synthetic chemicals that are used are often not known nor tested. Spice has been outlawed in some European countries and banned by the US military for service members. It doesn’t contain any controlled substances so it is legally purchased and not detected by drug tests.

Lancaster County, SC Sheriff's Office
1941 Pageland Hwy
Lancaster, SC 29720

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 803-313-2123

Eric Brown
Crime Prevention Unit

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