HOOVER, Ala (WIAT) – Spice was taken off the streets and made illegal in 2011. But just because it’s no longer legal doesn’t mean it’s gone.
That was the topic at a forum at Simmons Middle School in Hoover Tuesday night. Lt. Mike Reese, an investigator with the Alabama ABC Board, says since the criminalization of the drug it’s gone underground like all other illicit narcotics.
But this isn’t just a law enforcement problem. For some it’s a life and death issue. Steve Murphree’s son Brandon killed himself July 3, 2011. Murphree says it was the hallucinations caused by the drug that drove his son to shoot himself.
The dangers have been made clear, so what is the draw. What is it that makes Spice attractive. One former user says it’s the high. 17 year old Zachary Higginbotham says it’s a very different high than marijuana – something similar to the high from using inhalants.