Spice ruins lives and costs taxpayers a fortune. It doesn’t have to be this way

Antidotes to these dangerous, destructive synthetic drugs are desperately needed. But the government is standing in the way of their development
The Guardian (UK)
Friday, April 28, 2017

spice3Spice-induced “zombie” outbreaks in New York and in Manchester have hit the headlines in the past year. Use of these new damaging and powerful forms of synthetic cannabinoids is rife in our prisons and by homeless people, with estimates of up to 50 deaths last year. They can produce extremely strong psychotic states often with very violent behaviour. Sometimes a frozen unconscious state results. Either of these outcomes are health emergencies that consume vast amounts of police, prison officer and health professionals time, and so waste a huge amount of public money. The authorities’ focus on herbal cannabis use is the main reason for spice emerging in the UK.