Doug Terbeek, executive director of the Substance Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County, said the sale of synthetic marijuana is common in convenience stores and gas stations in the Ticonderoga area.
continued The Port Henry Mobil sold the synthetic marijuana before learning of its dangers, Terbeek said.
“They stopped,” he said. “We appreciate their cooperation.”
Terbeek said stores in Ticonderoga and Crown Point are still selling the substance.
More than 11 percent of high school seniors have used the synthetic marijuana in the past year, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Sarah Sandberg, a former student at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, has spoken publicly about her experience with synthetic marijuana. She suffered a seizure and was hospitalized. Sandberg is now part of a group, that includes Terbeek, trying to educate people about the dangers of the substance.
Use of the synthetic marijuana can cause agitation, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, rapid heart beat, elevated blood pressure, tremor, seizures, hallucinations and paranoid behavior, according to Office of National Drug Control Policy.
According to data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers, 2,915 calls were received relating to synthetic marijuana in 2010 and 5,741 calls in 2011. Poison control calls have increased nearly every month.