|Published:||Jan 02, 2014 11:30 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 02, 2014 11:30 PM EST|
Acetone, household cleaners and air fresheners are just some of the toxic chemicals in synthetic marijuana.
"It's all over," said Steven Hill with Salus Care.
Hill spends his days working with teenagers and says synthetic drugs are rampant in southwest Florida.
"The internet is a very common place that the synthetics gets sold," said hill.
One website we found shows all kinds of synthetic marijuana for sale.
Some are even advertised as legal, getting around the DEA's ban.
"it's hard to track it, it is hard to know how it will affect people, you're talking about what could be a very powerful hallucinogen," said Deb Comella with Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida.
It's so toxic, it can cause anxiety, nausea, vomiting or even worse.
"People have died on this, people have mutilated themselves on this," said Hill.
"Essentially, these guys are taking plant material and spraying it with a synthetic construct," said FDLE's Shane Pollard.
Pollard says the packaging of synthetic marijuana is designed to lure kids in.
Pollard also says the government has banned many of the chemicals used to make synthetics, but drug makes are always trying to stay ahead of the law.
"As far as the chemical makeup, those can be changed. one simple molecule can cause that product to not be illegal," said Pollard.
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