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Fox59: A mother of two is dead after using a synthetic-marijuana laced incense known as "Spice."
Now her friends and family want the drug outlawed since more and more people appear to be dying from it.

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"Yesterday I lost one of the most important people in my life," says Heather Hogan, blinking back tears, still trying to make sense of a life taken so suddenly.

"I've never even heard of it," Hogan admits.

28-year-old Lilly Helsley of Middletown died after smoking the drug designed to mimic the effects of marijuana. Hogan's 16-year-old son says this drug is legal and not hard to find.

"You can get it really easily," says Doug Hogan.

Doug, who also happens to be Helsley's godson, says it's sold in tobacco stores, head shops, and often on the streets.

"It's pretty much exactly like marijuana. It can be sold to anybody at any price at any time," he says.

And since it's not regulated by the Federal Drug Administration, the drug is to blame for a growing number of hospital visits. At least eight patients in Marion County have been treated in emergency rooms after smoking spice. And it's believed to be responsible for at least two other deaths in Indiana.

"How many people is it going to have to kill before they'll do anything about it," asks Hogan.

Helsley's friends and family want the drug outlawed and fear if something isn't done soon, more people will wind up like Lilly Helsley -- a woman with a heart of gold, who leaves behind two young children and an entire community that loved her.

"There was not a person that came into this town that she didn't love, that she didn't try and help out in some way."

Rep. John Barnes of Indianapolis plans to introduce legislation in the 2011 General Assembly.
Earlier this year, Kansas became the first state to outlaw Spice. Similar laws are being considered in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota, Tennessee and Utah.

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10 comments so far | Post a comment now
Krista August 14, 2010, 1:29 PM

Seems the real stuff isn’t dangerous but regulated spice is dangerous.

TITO August 14, 2010, 3:06 PM

STUPID STORY WITH NO CLEAR LINK BETWEEN HER DEATH AND SPICE. SHE HAD A HEART ATTACK BECAUSE OF MCDONALDS OR MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF OTHER REASONS. JUST BECAUSE THATS WHAT SHE WAS DOING WHEN SHE DIED DOESNT MEAN THAT IS WHY SHE DIED.

shae August 18, 2010, 11:36 AM

yeah I think she died because of something else and NOT spice! she had been smoking it when she died so that was much known of course so people usually assume that because that was what she was doing last! how did the hospital know she was smoking it? if she was given a drug test at the time of death how did they know it killed her if it doesnt show in drug tests? (someone must of told the hospital thats what she was doing when she died) hmmmm i think the parents and others are blaming that because that was she was doing at the time of death, she may have seemed pretty healthy buuuut did you get an autopsy done?? im pretty sure something else killed her!

shae August 18, 2010, 11:37 AM

yeah I think she died because of something else and NOT spice! she had been smoking it when she died so that was much known of course so people usually assume that because that was what she was doing last! how did the hospital know she was smoking it? if she was given a drug test at the time of death how did they know it killed her if it doesnt show in drug tests? (someone must of told the hospital thats what she was doing when she died) hmmmm i think the parents and others are blaming that because that was she was doing at the time of death, she may have seemed pretty healthy buuuut did you get an autopsy done?? im pretty sure something else killed her!

Anonymous August 24, 2010, 8:42 PM

HOW CAN THE PARENT’S BE MORE PREPARED OF THIS DRUG USE. IF IT IS NOT FEDERAL IT MAKE’ IT OK . WHAT THE HELL IS THIS WORLD COMING TO. THIS IS A SHAME IT HAS TO TAKE PEOPLE’S LIVES BEFORE ANYONE WILL STEP IN AND MAYBE TRY TO INVESTIGATE THE DRUG.

Amanda September 13, 2010, 6:54 AM

OMG!!!! I dont wanna run away from my children by smocking. I wanna keep them and temb them. R.I.P for those who died of smoking

leebp  October 10, 2010, 2:11 PM

DON’T EVER SMOKE THIS STUFF! IT CAN REALLY KILL YOU, IT IS TRUE! I ALMOST DIED SMOKING THIS STUFF AND NEVER WILL I EVER MESS WITH IT EVER AGAIN!

Anonymous October 10, 2010, 2:13 PM

DON’T EVER SMOKE THIS STUFF, IT CAN AND IT WILL KILL YOU! I SMOKED IT AND IT ALMOST KILLED ME. I WILL NEVER MESS WITH THIS STUFF EVER AGAIN!

Dr.Marilyn Deabie.MD.Crt. November 25, 2010, 8:16 PM

its wery funny of the media and its lack of proof to deter or cause panic among the populas.I have treated people for hesteria associated with jwh018 or spice.spice is just a popuria that is sprayed with a chemical that causes effects as to marijuana.to date there is no homicide dierctly linked to spice use.the only problem is counterfeit spice that is sprayed with acetone.u can tell the difference by the smell if it smells like chemicals its got acetone on it and avoid it.the real stuff does not smell other than the flavoring of the leaves.people nothing is full proof and safe but don’t panic this stuff isn’t going to kill u.but u may get a bad experience or trip that causes hesteria which will lead to heart pulpatations and deminsha.

Anonymous March 5, 2011, 7:57 PM

I smoked this stuff a few times and it never bothered me.. But one day i decided to take a bong rip or wo of it and it really is harmful!!!!! i thought i was gonna die i had three seizures and i couldnt breath or move!!!!! IT IS HARMFULL STOP SMOKiNG IT BEFORE SOMTHING HAPPENS TO YOU!!!!!!!!


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