User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


71° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Mother Of Four Addicted to Synthetic Marijuana

February 6, 2012, 9:57 PM by Brady Mallory

Mother Of Four Addicted to Synthetic Marijuana
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Designer drugs like synthetic marijuana are not just affecting kids and teenagers in South Dakota.  A woman in her 40s wants to share her experiences to help others.

Tracy's life is seemingly pretty average.

"I'm a stay-at-home mom. I bake cookies and make arts and crafts all day," Tracy said.
 
Tracy is so embarrassed about her addiction, she asked KELOLAND News keep her identity hidden and use the pseudo-name 'Tracy'.  

She says her four kids have no idea she is addicted to synthetic marijuana, even though she has smoked it with her husband almost everyday for the last year. 

"I wasn't seeing things straight. I couldn't even make it down my own staircase. It was like tunnel vision. Everything was spinning. It was really, really scary," Tracy said. 

She's also scare about her health.

"Now I'm coughing really bad and when I cough, I cough up this brown stuff that actually tastes like the herbal incense and it worries me what is going on inside," Tracy said.

This habit costs about $630 per month.  Tracy said the addiction is not getting in the way of buying groceries or school supplies for her children.

"But it gets in the way of me having my own TV in my room. Getting another DVD player. The extra luxuries in life we could be spending on our kids," Tracy said.

Though it is marketed as incense and used in place of marijuana, Tracy said the effects are much closer to harder drugs.  Quitting, however, is easier said than done. 

"It's like trying to stop doing heroin. You fiend for it. Your body wants it. You crave it," Tracy said.

By coming forward, she hopes this is the first step to recovery before her addiction influences her teenage son. Tracy said she is disgusted that she let her life turn out this way, but even mistakes have a purpose.

"I'm sorry. If I can help even one person turn their life around or keep one person from walking into that store and getting it, I can say I've lived a good life. I've done good things," Tracy said.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

DCI Looking Into Discovery Of Woman's Body

7/21/2014 4:00 PM

The discovery of a woman's body in Kimball has prompted an investigation by South Dakota law enforcement authorities.

Full Story
Sioux Falls Man Killed In Industrial Accident

7/21/2014 2:22 PM

An investigation is underway into the death of a Sioux Falls man in an industrial accident.

Full Story
Body Identified: No Foul Play Suspected

7/22/2014 8:56 PM

No foul play is suspected in the death of 64 year-old Susanna K. Bannwarth. The Fulton woman was reported missing Monday morning. Her body was f...

Full Story
Car Versus Bike Crash Near 41st And Marion

7/23/2014 4:39 PM

A car versus bike crash happened at the intersection of 41st Street and Larch Avenue.

Full Story
Missing Woman Located

7/23/2014 6:19 PM

Tori Jean Bruggeman has been located by police. Authorities are working to get her reunited with family.

Full Story


Events