A terrifying new strain of the drug Spice has been described as turning people into ‘the walking dead’.
The dangerous effects of the drug have been exposed in recent documentaries which showed prisoners high on Spice.
It has even been highlighted in a storyline in popular soap Emmerdale, where prisoner Aaron Dingle has been taking Spice after being bullied and abused by fellow inmates.
And this week, shocking footage taken on the streets of Manchester showed Spice users ‘freezing’ and even collapsing after taking a new strain of the drug.
There are now concerns the new drug could spread across the country.
But what is Spice and why is it so dangerous?
What is Spice?
The drug is a mixture of herbs and man made chemicals, which can have mind-altering effects.
It is often called a ‘synthetic cannabis’ because the chemicals are designed to mimic the effects of the active part of cannabis called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Is Spice illegal?