A SCHOOLBOY was rushed to hospital after eating a sweet which is thought to have contained zombie drug Spice.
The sweet, which is also feared to have contained cannabis, is thought to have been bought for £5 in Berkshire.
Cops are now investigating the terrifying incident.
Parents with children at the school — which has not been named — in Berkshire have been given warnings about the drugs and the sweets.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “We are aware of this incident and awaiting drug analysis results to identify the substances involved.
“The results of this report will determine what offences have been committed.
“Thames Valley Police is conducting a full investigation into this incident.”
The sweets are brown or green in colour and are 1.5cm by 1cm in size.
Spice can cause palpitations, paranoia, intense anxiety, nausea, vomiting, confusion, poor coordination, and seizures.
WHAT IS SPICE?
Spice is the name given to a group of ‘synthetic cannabinoids’ which are usually smoked recreationally.
The drug binds to the same recpetors in the brain as THC and CBD – the cannabinoids found in cannabis.
But the effects of Spice are normally much more intense than cannabis, including profoundly altered perception and even psychosis (feeling detached from reality).
It can also produce a fast heart rate, cause vomiting, extreme anxiety, hallucinations, confusion, and violent behaviour.
As Spice is a relatively new designer drug, its long-term effects are not well understood.
The drug has been linked to cases of overdoses and even deaths.
Spice has been sold disguised as incense or herbs because it is made of up of shredded plant material.
But the drug is actually a chemcial sprayed on to the herbs rather than being naturally occuring in the plant themselves.
Because Spice is usually cheap and has powerful effects, people do become addicted to Spice through habitual use.
Its been known to cause crises among homeless communities and prison populations, where access to other less dangerous illicit drugs is restricted by price and physical availabilty.
Rick Jones, West Berkshire Council’s executive member for Public Health and Community Wellbeing said: “We are aware that this is not an isolated case.
“And that there have been reports of substances being sold across the country in an edible formulation as a ‘sweet’.
“However, the number of cases that have been reported nationally is very low.
Spice was one of several designer drugs which has become widely used around the world in recent years.
Before the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, Spice was completely legal in the UK, and was easily available to buy in large quantities online or in “head shops” on Britain’s high streets.
Spice was, and is still, very inexpensive compared with other illicit drugs and has profound physical effects, even at low doses.
This meant that Spice quickly became popular among those looking to spend less for a bigger psychoactive effect, despite its dramatically negative side effects.
They include feeling sick, intense hallucinations, and a racing pulse.
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It developed a reputation as the “zombie” drug when videos started being shared online showing Spice users staggering around in a catatonic state, completely detached from reality.
Even after it was outlawed in Britain, Spice has remained a serious scourge on certain groups, including homeless communities and prison populations.
Drug workers have even said the crisis that Spice poses is worse than heroin.
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