The warnings are out there: K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs are dangerous, even deadly, and one 21 year old knows it first hand.
"It will kill. It may not kill you in the first hit or second hit, but eventually it will kill you," David said.
Two years ago, David's friend introduced him to Spice. He was told it was a mellow high like marijuana. But as David soon found it, there was nothing mellow about it.
"Going through a lot of rage, going through a lot of addiction to it, to the point where I was waking up in the middle of the night sweating, wanting more, and if I didn't get it I would freak out," David described.
It's frightening stories like David's that have lit a fire under a New Port Richey mom. Denise Szulis started a grass roots movement called "Save Pasco." She says it's time to arm parents and kids with life saving information.
"I just want to reach out to more families to try to help them find what they need to save their family, and like I said, it starts in our own backyard," Szulis said.
K2 and other spice drugs have been banned in Florida, yet makers skirt the law by changing the chemical mix, and soon it's right back on store shelves, being sold in kid-friendly packaging.
"It's morally criminal, it really is. We really need to put people before profit and some store aren't doing that," Szulis said.
Aside from weekly protest rallies in front of stores that sell it, Denise has also created a Facebook page to spread the word, hoping to reach as many families as possible.
The message got to David. He's been "clean" for three months, and thankful to have escaped the deadly grip of the drug.
"Bottom line: don't do it, it's deadly and not only is it going to harm you but your friends and family, anybody around you," David said.
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