Roanoke, VA. - The Center for Disease Control now says there is proof linking Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) to synthetic marijuana, also known as "Spice" or "K2"
The report lists 16 "unexplained" cases of acute kidney injury across six different states, which does not include Virginia.
The report's origins begin last February in Wyoming with three cases that then expanded to 16 once public health officials in Wyoming began working with other states to compile data.
Along with this new warning about the dangers it seems folks in our area are listening.
The good news to report is that since the ban on this stuff went into effect in Virginia back in July, localities are seeing a difference.
For instance Roanoke City Police were at one point seeing nearly daily reports on suspected "spice" related issues.
Now they say it's dropped dramatically.
"Basically nothing since July... so that's a good thing. A lot of the issues that were coming up have stopped and we're not seeing any of it at all. So I guess the stores are taking notice that we are looking for it.. so," said Lt. Eric Charles with the Roanoke City Police Department.
That doesn't mean "spice" has been completely removed from the Roanoke Valley; as the Lieutenant points out - where there's a will there's a way.
Of the 16 who suffered injury in the CDC report all have since recovered.