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River Valley area seeing rise in use of synthetic marijuana

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The use of a dangerous drug is increasing in our area. Some officials are alarmed at the amount of cases they're seeing with synthetic marijuana.

Public Health Officials are warning people about these kind of drugs after hundreds across the nation have been hospitalized. Synthetic marijuana is marketed as a herbal incense that will reportedly get you high if you smoke it. It's considered "fake" marijuana and the difference with regular marijuana is that it doesn't trigger a positive result on blood tests.

Dr. Kaizad Shroff, a Columbus Clinical Psychiatrist, says he's seen a vast increase in cases the past few years.

"Synthetic marijuana is not picked up on marijuana testing so kids tend to use more of it," says Shroff. "It's something that can be made, manufactured, and that is much more potent and pure, which results in more problems. It's also freely available, which makes the problem even worse."

Shroff says most of his cases involve high schoolers who have taken the drug. He says about 12% of high schoolers have tried synthetic marijuana.

"It's something that parents need to be aware about. They need to know the dangers of this drug," says Shroff.

The side effects of synthetic marijuana include nausea and vomiting, anxiety and hallucinations.

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