Lawsuit Illustrates the Danger of Synthetic Drugs to Freedom Drug Rehab

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Freedom Treatment Center is a Southern Michigan drug and alcohol addiction recovery facility that offers natural detoxification treatments and recovery programs for a wide variety of substances. Those substances include synthetic drugs, which recently made headlines in a lawsuit after a Michigan teen committed suicide after reportedly smoking synthetic marijuana.

We have started to see people come in that have used or are still using these synthetics, and they are not in good shape.

Freedom Treatment Center has long been aware of and provided recovery programs for the growing spate of synthetic drugs hitting the market. One of the more commonly distributed synthetic drug is synthetic marijuana, known as Spice or K2, which is at the center of a recent lawsuit (case number: 2013-132325-NO) filed in Oakland County Circuit Court. The Detroit Free Press reports the family of teenager John Sdao is seeking unspecified damages from the Royal Oak Mobil Gas station, where the teen obtained the Spice he allegedly smoked before hanging himself April 11.

“According to the lawsuit, police had warned the gas station that though the drug was legal, it was dangerous,” the Free Press reports. “The lawsuit charges that the station should not have sold it to Sdao.”

Despite being legal at the time of the reported sale, synthetic marijuana can be even more harmful than its naturally grown counterpart. Spice is comprised of a mixture of herbs that are sprayed with chemicals in order to induce a drug-like high. Synthetic marijuana was subsequently banned in Michigan in July after police associated a series of deaths with the drug.

“This shows, all too well, the true dangers of synthetic drugs,” said Freedom Treatment Center representative Brian Kuehne. Synthetic drugs may masquerade as safe when they offer a legal way to get high, but they often serve as a gateway into harder drugs and can cause more damage than natural equivalents. As the lawsuit and other incidents reveal, the use of synthetic marijuana can lead to death as well as extremely erratic and risky behavior.

"We have started to see people come in that have used or are still using these synthetics, and they are not in good shape,” Thiel said. With determination and a program such as those offered by Freedom Treatment Center, Thiel added that recovery from synthetic drugs is possible.

Located in a semi-residential pocket of Southern Michigan, Freedom Treatment Center provides the soothing and safe environment and assistance so vital for helping people overcome drug and alcohol addiction. Treatment begins with a natural detoxification and continues with counseling, education and lifestyle changes that help ensure an ongoing and successful recovery.

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