During this week, the YEP is shining a light on the ongoing problem with synthetic drug spice on the streets of Leeds.
As well as speaking with local authorities, charities and business owners to hear the effects on them, we are also hoping to raise awareness around what the drug actually is, how it made and the law surrounding it.
Here we take a look at the effects the drug has on users:
Many people have heard of the drug spice, but not so many know the actual affect it can have on users.
From persistent vomiting to muscle damage, spice is a danger to anyone who takes it.
If smoked, the effects can take hold within minutes. If consumed orally then the effects may take longer.
The length the effects are felt can vary massively, anywhere from around half an hour to six or even eight hours.
There is no way of telling how long the intoxication will last before taking.
Generally, spice is 100 to 800 times more potent than cannabis.
Here is a list of the most common effects felt by spice users:
- Irregular heart bear/fast pulse
- Chest pains
- Muscle damage
- Acute kidney injury
- Reduced consciousness (possibly coma)
- Psychosis-like effects
- Uncontrollable laughter
- Persistent vomiting
If you or anyone you know is struggling with the affects of spice, Forward Leeds can help. Click here to visit their website, or call 0113 8872477.