Signs of a growing drug abuse problem in Alabama are prompting a summit meeting tomorrow in Montgomery. APR’s Pat Duggins reports the concern is over heroin and a synthetic form of marijuana called spice.
Alabama hospitals reported a rash of drug cases involving the marijuana substitute known as spice starting in mid-March.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say smoking synthetic marijuana — known as Spice or K2 — has been linked to kidney injury.
UAB researchers conducted four case studies involving four young men who smoked synthetic marijuana and suffered kidney injuries afterward. Researchers say the men visited the hospital weeks after using the drug and suffered from abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.