Crime Clean of Texas Sees Increase In Synthetic Drug Use

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In the past 18 months, Crime Clean of Texas has seen a marked increase in the number of suicide, self-cutting and assault scenes where synthetic drug packages are found.

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Crime Clean of Texas Sees Increase In Synthetic Drug Use

Get educated about synthetic drugs. Talk to your children, nieces, nephews and students. You could save a life.

Synthetic drugs and marijuana are an issue seen increasingly in recent news. According to the most recent findings from the American Association of Poison Control Centers, they received 412 calls about exposure to synthetic marijuana in February 2013 alone. This is an increase from January 2013 with 172 calls. Crime Clean of Texas is also seeing an alarming increase in dispatches to suicide and assault scenes where evidence of synthetic drug use is found. In a March 11 article released by the Health Science Center of Texas A&M University, they reported seeing 12 times as many synthetic marijuana cases in 2012 as in 2011. The drug also does not show up on the standard toxicology screens, which poses another problem for medical professionals.

Synthetic substances sold under the guise of potpourri, plant food, bath salts and incense are marketed in brightly colored packages with names like Ivory wave, Purple Wave, Vanilla, Sky, Bliss, K2, 251, K3, 2C-E, Blueberry Spice, Drolle, Black Mamba and Orange Kush. They are labeled “not for human consumption,” and are sold most often in gas stations and convenience stores. Because these substances are a relatively new concoction of chemicals, the government is still actively working to put bans on them. However, according to the most recent news from the National Conference of State Legislatures, new chemical mixtures keep surfacing that fall under unregulated categories. Currently, 41 states and Puerto Rico have banned synthetic cannabinoids.

Symptoms of synthetic marijuana or drug use present with a wide spectrum of side effects. The CDC, which also publishes state-by-state symptom frequencies, reports that synthetic drugs can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal or back pain, and acute kidney injury. Other adverse effects of synthetic drugs include kidney failure, coronary symptoms, dizziness, tremors, suizures, possible flank pain, labored breathing, hallucinations, possible vasculitis, unconsciousness, and death.

Many synthetic drug users have suicidal thoughts, and describe extreme paranoia with recurring themes of monsters, demons and aliens. They also exhibit violent and scary behaviors such as self-cutting, biting objects and people, and killing pets. In scenes were synthetic drug packages are found, living conditions and cleanliness are poor, and nonsensical ramblings on walls and papers have been found by Crime Clean of Texas. In a February CNN.com article, the experience of Texas teen Emily Bauer was detailed from her initial symptoms of migraines and psychotic state of hallucinations to her current condition.    

After seeing, first hand, the devastation synthetic drugs can cause families and loved ones, Crime Clean of Texas wants to stress the importance of being aware of these new synthetic substances, and the sometimes deadly effects they can produce. "Get educated about synthetic drugs. Talk to your children, nieces, nephews and students. You could save a life," said Charlie Moore of Crime Clean.    

For more continuously updated information about synthetic marijuana, please visit: http://www.aapcc.org/alerts/synthetic-marijuana/.

To read Emily Bauer’s story, please go to: http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/04/health/synthetic-marijuana-irpt.

For more information on Crime Clean of Texas, please go to: http://www.crimecleanoftexas.com

About the company:

Crime Clean of Texas provides discrete crime cleanup, death cleanup, suicide cleanup, blood cleanup, and hoarder clean-out services. Understanding that customers are going through a very traumatic time, Crime Clean will do everything possible to ease the process. Their highly trained technicians are compassionate and understanding, and have been caring for grieving families and their properties since 1995. The Technicians responding to calls are among the most experienced Hazardous Materials Certified/Bio-Hazard Specialists in the field today for biohazard cleanup. All Crime Clean of Texas' Technicians are drug and background checked, and will arrive in unmarked, fully equipped Commercial vehicles, fully prepared to help with their customer's special needs. Crime Clean is bonded, and fully insured as crime scene cleaners. They are also Better Business Bureau accredited with an A+ rating. To contact Crime Clean of Texas call (210) 723-4892 or (512) 669-2999.

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