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Nov 18, 2011 7:20 PM by Carolyn Carver

Synthetic Pot kills El Paso County teenager

The El Paso County Coroner has ruled synthetic marijuana as the official cause of death for the first time in the case of a recent Wasson High School graduate.

Dr. Robert Bux says Nicholas likely died from a heart attack or seizure caused by the chemicals these "fake pot" companies use to mimic a marijuana high.

The Drug Enforcement Agency sent out an emergency ban on products like "k2" and "spice" this Spring because of its popularity among teenagers and the sudden spike in heart attacks among young people.

While many teenagers choose synthetic pot over marijuana because they think it's safer and won't show up on drug tests, experts say it can be deadly.

A reality Nicholas' father, Greg, now knows all too well. He says he didn't even know his son was using the drug. "It was very shocking, I didn't realize it would kill and in this case it did, I'm learning all of these lessons the hard way," he says.

Now the family is determined to tell their son's story, so hopefully no other family will have to deal with burying their own child.

Coming up tonight at ten, more of the emotional story behind El Paso County's first synthetic pot related death.

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