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MARION COUNTY - It's being marketed to kids who think its candy, but this candy can kill you. Attorney General Pam Bondi recently stopped in Marion County to answer questions about synthetic drugs.
Bondi said synthetic drugs are making it into the hands of young people who are overdosing.
"A fourteen year old girl walked into a conveienice store with her mom and stopped on the way to school she bought this stuff she didn't know it was illegal and sprinkled it on her potato chips at lunch because she was told it would help her concentrate and had seizure right on the lunch room floor," Bondi said.
Bondi said in 2010 there were just over 11 thousand hospital visits of patients overdosing on synthetic marijuana most of them were children.
Dr. Scott Teitelbaum with the Florida Recovery Center said he treated patients who are addicted to synethetic drugs.
"The synthetic marijuana is new there's so many there's spice there's K2 and the problem with the drugs is that you can buy them legally," Teitelbaum said.
Terry Busse a Counselor at the Florida Recovery Center said he tried every drug.
"People would say what was your drug of choice and I would say whatever you had I didn't say no to much," Busse said.
Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair said he plans to train deputies in schools to inform children who deadly synthetic drugs are.
City leaders already adopted an ordinance to prohibit synthetic drugs in Ocala.
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