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by baldilocks

So, this hap­pened not far from where I live.

SKID ROW, LOS ANGE­LES (KABC) –

Para­medics rushed to Skid Row after 18 peo­ple appeared to have over­dosed on a drug pre­sumed to be spice, or syn­thetic mar­i­juana, fire offi­cials said.

The Los Ange­les Fire Depart­ment responded to the area of 5th and San Pedro streets at about 10:30 a.m.

Offi­cials said 18 peo­ple were eval­u­ated and 14 of those were taken to the hospital.

The vic­tims were all suf­fer­ing from sim­i­lar symp­toms, accord­ing to offi­cials, which included altered men­tal sta­tus, com­bat­ive behav­ior, and in some cases, seizures.

We don’t have tox­i­co­log­i­cal con­fir­ma­tion, but it’s pre­sum­ably spice, which is a syn­thetic type of cannabis or mar­i­juana. And of course, because it’s syn­thetic, nobody for sure knows what active ingre­di­ents are in there, the strength is vari­able,” Dr. Marc Eck­stein, the Los Ange­les Fire Depart­ment med­ical direc­tor and EMS bureau com­man­der explained.

Before my home­less stint, I’d never heard of stuff like ‘spice’ and ‘tweak­ing.’ But 2015 was an edu­ca­tion for me. I saw the effects of both — turn­ing rel­a­tively nor­mal peo­ple into the zom­bies of recent fic­tion, except that they weren’t cannibals…that I know of. And reg­u­lar weed was every­where. Since the lat­ter is legal here in CA, there are “clin­ics” all around, and one of the hot top­ics of the home­less hous­ing was where a cus­tomer could get the best high for the most rea­son­able price. Usu­ally, I’d walk away from such con­ver­sa­tions — not for any high-​minded rea­sons, but because they bored me to tears.

Mere nicotine-​addicts — like me – and those who would man­age to sneak alco­hol in were con­sid­ered rel­a­tively straight-​laced.

And that brings me to one of the rea­sons I wanted to stop smok­ing. It seems to me that all drug addic­tions bring illu­sory ben­e­fits but, in real­ity, have only draw­backs. Hard-​core ille­gal drug addicts see these quickly, but we who par­take in the legal sub­stances are more likely to fool our­selves for many years, at least until that first stroke, heart attack, car acci­dent, etc.

I’ve mused on my bless­ings from God many times; one of these is excel­lent phys­i­cal health, in spite of bat­tling nico­tine addic­tion for many years. It’s a sin to take a bless­ing from God and throw it in the trash can, is it not?

Another thing: we are com­ing into some very per­ilous times, maybe the End Times. But even if things are not that apoc­a­lyp­tic, it seems that it’s best for each one of us to leave the extra­ne­ous habits behind. There is enough use­less bag­gage on our backs already.

Fif­teen days. I’m sort of addicted to Corn­Nuts now.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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addictions
From sciencenews.org

by baldilocks

So, this happened not far from where I live.

SKID ROW, LOS ANGELES (KABC) —

Paramedics rushed to Skid Row after 18 people appeared to have overdosed on a drug presumed to be spice, or synthetic marijuana, fire officials said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the area of 5th and San Pedro streets at about 10:30 a.m.

Officials said 18 people were evaluated and 14 of those were taken to the hospital.

The victims were all suffering from similar symptoms, according to officials, which included altered mental status, combative behavior, and in some cases, seizures.

“We don’t have toxicological confirmation, but it’s presumably spice, which is a synthetic type of cannabis or marijuana. And of course, because it’s synthetic, nobody for sure knows what active ingredients are in there, the strength is variable,” Dr. Marc Eckstein, the Los Angeles Fire Department medical director and EMS bureau commander explained.

Before my homeless stint, I’d never heard of stuff like ‘spice’ and ‘tweaking.’ But 2015 was an education for me. I saw the effects of both—turning relatively normal people into the zombies of recent fiction, except that they weren’t cannibals…that I know of. And regular weed was everywhere. Since the latter is legal here in CA, there are “clinics” all around, and one of the hot topics of the homeless housing was where a customer could get the best high for the most reasonable price. Usually, I’d walk away from such conversations—not for any high-minded reasons, but because they bored me to tears.

Mere nicotine-addicts—like me–and those who would manage to sneak alcohol in were considered relatively straight-laced.

And that brings me to one of the reasons I wanted to stop smoking. It seems to me that all drug addictions bring illusory benefits but, in reality, have only drawbacks. Hard-core illegal drug addicts see these quickly, but we who partake in the legal substances are more likely to fool ourselves for many years, at least until that first stroke, heart attack, car accident, etc.

I’ve mused on my blessings from God many times; one of these is excellent physical health, in spite of battling nicotine addiction for many years. It’s a sin to take a blessing from God and throw it in the trash can, is it not?

Another thing: we are coming into some very perilous times, maybe the End Times. But even if things are not that apocalyptic, it seems that it’s best for each one of us to leave the extraneous habits behind. There is enough useless baggage on our backs already.

Fifteen days. I’m sort of addicted to CornNuts now.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>>baldilocks