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The use of a legal hallucinogen is on the rise for teens

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- The use of a legal hallucinogen is on the rise for teens.

Salvia is an herb and is often advertised as incense.  But it is most commonly used for a more dangerous purpose. 

Many teens are now smoking the substance.  Users say they hear, see and feel things that aren't real.  It creates hallucinations that last up to 15 minutes.  Although many people have tried it, most say it was a scary experience and never want to try it again.

But not only does it give you a false reality, it messes with your brain chemistry even after the high is gone.

And because it is legal, First Step Chemical Dependent Counselor Annie Murphey, says almost every kid that walks into her office has tried it.  She is concerned and so are parents.

So what can you do? 

Annie says educate your kids on the dangers of Salvia.  Even though it is legal, it is still a dangerous hallucinogen.

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