Fake weed plus you equals zombie. That’s the message from the Washington D.C., Department of Health (DOH). In May 2013, the DOH launched a health campaign in hopes of stopping D.C. residents, especially young adults, from using synthetic marijuana. The campaign ad depicts teens who have morphed into zombies. To see the ads, click here.
As Washington, D.C., tries to cut down on its zombie population, Florida recently made it illegal to become a zombie.
Synthetic Drugs Are Targeted Towards Young Individuals.
Most of the synthetic drugs are easily found online and in convenience stores. According to the Washington, D.C. DOH, synthetic drugs are popular, especially among young adults. A 2012 study of the Washington, D.C. area showed that at least ten percent (10%) of middle school students admitted to using synthetic marijuana and at least twenty percent (20%) of high school students reported to using it. There are no reports on how many of these adolescents are now walking the country as zombies.
It Is Now Illegal to Become a Synthetic Drug-Zombie in Florida.
On April 24, 2013, Florida’s governor signed the Controlled Substances Bill into law. This bill adds 27 substances to Schedule I of controlled substances, making it a third-degree felony to sell, manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to sell synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts,” “K2,” and “Spice.” To read the press release from the Florida Office of the Attorney General (AG), click here.
In December 2012, I previously wrote about Florida’s AG filing an emergency rule temporarily adding these substances to Schedule I of controlled substances. Click here to read that blog. This new legislation now permanently bans these synthetic drugs.
Synthetic Drugs Not for Consumption by Humans.
Stories of side effects from using synthetic drugs are known far and wide. These drugs are known to cause psychotic episodes, hallucinations, seizures, paranoia, tremors and zombiism.
In a Huffington Post article, it’s reported the label on these synthetic substances usually reads, “Not for Human Consumption.” I’m not sure if the labels specify whether or not the products are specifically made for zombie consumption.
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What do you think of the anti-synthetic drug campaign in Washington, D.C.? Do you think it will work? Please leave any thoughtful comments below.
Wrigley, Will. “Synthetic Marijuana Will Turn You Into A Zombie, Says D.C. Department Of Health In New Ad Campaign.” Huffington Post. (May 10, 2013). From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/10/synthetic-marijuana-weed_n_3254914.html?view=print&comm_ref=false
Meale, Jenn. “Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Legislative Priority to Ban Additional Synthetic Drugs is Now Law.” Florida Office of the Attorney General. (April 24, 2013). From: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/E84CBE99022C526F85257B5700762236
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