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"Spice" use suspected in Center Grove teen's seizure

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Spice resembles marijuana but is legal. Some want it restricted. Spice resembles marijuana but is legal. Some want it restricted.

Kris Kirschner/Eyewitness News

Johnson County - A legal drug growing in popularity is believed to have caused a seizure in a Center Grove teenager. Some believe "spice" should be pulled from tobacco store shelves.

It started with a group of teenagers at a Center Grove home and ended with a call to 911.

Dispatch operator: "911. What's the emergency?"

Caller: "I don't know. [My friend] is lying on the ground twitching."

Police reports indicate the group had been smoking "spice" when a 16-year-old fell unconscious and was taken to the hospital.

"This is just something new for us to have to deal with," said Col. Doug Cox, Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

Spice is a new so-called drug surfacing in central Indiana that looks like marijuana but is perfectly legal. An Eyewitness News special report showed the effects of spice on college students

Spice, a mix of herbs and spices, is soaked with an untested chemical compound and has resulted in reports of hallucinations, blackouts, and and in the case of the Center Grove teenager, seizures.

In Marion County last week, a man who died suddenly in his home also used the substance hours before his death.


Even though spice is legal there are still some tobacco shops which consider it paraphernalia and refuse to sell it.

"There was people coming in asking for it before I even knew what it was," said TJ Thompson, whose discount tobacco store in Franklin advertises spice even as he weighs the popularity and the dangers.

"Everybody's wanting to know what is it what does it do what are the long term and short term affects," he said.

Sold as an incense with a warning that it is "not for human consumption," spice is found in some tobacco stores, head shops and on the internet. That's where the Center Grove teens told police they found it.

"There are still issues of paraphernalia and neglect of a dependent," said Col. Cox.

While that teenage victim is recovering, it's possible the legal drug may still cause problems.

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