Grieving parents are speaking out about the dangers of synthetic marijuana.
United Press International has the story about the parents of Connor Eckhardt -- a California teenager who died shortly after a hit of synthetic marijuana put him in a coma. Connor’s parents are now trying to raise awareness about the dangers of the sometimes legal drug.
Connor’s dad, Devin Eckhardt says "In a moment of peer pressure, he gave into that, thinking that was OK, it was somehow safe, and one hit later, he goes to sleep and never wakes up."
Nineteen-year-old Connor died a month ago, after inhaling the fumes of dried herbs sprayed with a mixture of synthetic chemicals that were supposed to duplicate the high of real pot.
Because state laws change based on the latest synthetic drugs being manufactured, synthetic marijuana makers are constantly mixing up new concoctions to spray on herbs and stay one step ahead of the authorities.
Despite increasingly comprehensive laws that forbid the sale of synthetic marijana, new versions are constantly making their way to market. Authorities say the drug makers are exploiting the tiniest loopholes in the laws.
And wherever synthetic pot brands have hit the market, spikes in emergency room visits have followed. Several studies have linked synthetic marijuana and other designer drugs to stroke, brain damage and in some cases -- like Connor’s, coma and death.
You can read more about synthetic marijuana and its dangers by going to drugfree.org