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Synthetic Marijuana K2 Spice linked to death in Indiana

Posted on Nov 29, 2011

The Marion County coroner's office is investigating the death of an Indianapolis man. Coroners say signs may point to a link with the legal substance, "Spice."

"Spice" or "K2" as it is known, is a legal substance currently sold in many head shops around central Indiana. It's an herb laced with chemicals many say has the same effect as marijuana. Experts have long been concerned about the substance. In fact, it's illegal in many countries and some states.

The Marion County coroner's office is investigating whether or not it contributed to a 28 year-old man's death. The coroner's office tells Fox59 News it is still far too early to say for sure if his death is directly linked to K2.

In a statement, the coroner's office said in part:

"Given that it was reported that the decedent may have used an unknown substance call "K 12 spice", a synthetic drug being used by some smokers as a legal substitute to marijuana, we will review the toxicology results to determine what chemicals are involved. We know that there are current studies being done to determine the effects of this substance. We will follow this case closely and watch for other related types of unexpected deaths."

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