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Six to hospital after smoking 'spice'

"That is why it's so toxic and dangerous"
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The synthetic drug which can go by the name spice. Photo:Ed Andrieski/TT
The synthetic drug which can go by the name spice. Photo:Ed Andrieski/TT

Six young people in Gothenburg were taken to hospital on Tuesday evening. According to police they had been smoking the synthetic cannabinoid drug known as 'spice'. Four of them were in a serious condition.

The group was found, confused and high on some kind of drug, in the shopping mall "Nordstan" in central Göteborg. When questioned by the police, on the way to hospital, they allegedly said they had been smoking 'spice'.

Dan Windt, at the police's narcotic unit in Västra Götaland, tells Swedish Radio P1 that the use of the drug is escalating. Since 2012 the number of times people have been reported for using 'spice' has doubled. Not all forms of spice are illegal in Sweden.

"There is a general liberalisation debate in society, but it is also very easy to get hold of. People buy it mainly on internet, they order it and have it delivered to their door," he said.

This time, however, there are indications that the young people bought the drug from a person who was arrested not far away. "The drug would then be sold openly, and that is alarming in and of itself," said Windt.

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