Doctor warns trend among teens can lead to sickness, death

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Doctor Warns Trend Among Teens Can Lead to Sickness, Death

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. – A local garden center is limiting the sale of morning glory seeds, hoping to prevent teenagers from using them to get a cheap high.

One of the side effects is death, but that hasn't discouraged teens from using it.

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"There's a lot of morning glory [seeds] on the racks, all different varieties and things," said Mark Landa, Boulevard Flowers.

Landa has spent days fielding questions from concerned parents over the issue.

"Had a couple of parents that had seen an article, matter of fact, had one this morning that talked about an article they had seen about the morning glory seeds being an hallucinogen," he said.

It may sound crazy but there's a reason.

"Very close chemical relationship to the old LSD, which was processed," said Dr. Boyd Wickhizer, Southside Regional Medical Center.

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Doctor warns trend among teens can lead to sickness, death

#20. North Carolina

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 17.11%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 27.00%
Population: 9,651,380
Number of Counties in State: 100

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#19. Ohio

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 17.32%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 15.91%
Population: 11,549,590
Number of Counties in State: 88

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#18. Missouri

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 19.05%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 14.78%
Population: 6,007,182
Number of Counties in State: 115

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#17. Alaska 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 21.54%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 13.79%
Population: 720,316
Number of Counties in State: 29

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#16. Oregon 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 21.68%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 11.11%
Population: 3,868,721
Number of Counties in State: 36

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#15. Massachusetts

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 22.73%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 21.43%
Population: 6,605,058
Number of Counties in State: 14

#14. Louisiana

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 25.51%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 12.50%
Population: 4,567,968
Number of Counties in State: 64

#13. Colorado

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 25.76%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 18.75%
Population: 5,119,329
Number of Counties in State: 64

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#12. Maryland 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 26.31%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 12.50%
Population: 5,834,299
Number of Counties in State: 24

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#11. Tennessee 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 32.00%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 46.32%
Population: 6,402,387
Number of Counties in State: 95(

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#10. Pennsylvania

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 36.57%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 14.93%
Population:
 12,731,381
Number of Counties in State: 67

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#9. Kentucky 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 38.71%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 51.67%
Population: 4,361,333
Number of Counties in State: 120

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#8. Florida

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 43.40%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 35.82%
Population: 
19,091,156
Number of Counties in State: 67

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#7. West Virginia 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 61.53%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 49.09%
Population:
 1,853,619
Number of Counties in State: 55

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#6. Oklahoma 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 62.73%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 51.95%
Population: 
3,785,742
Number of Counties in State: 77

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#5. New Mexico 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 63.48%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 63.64%
Population:
 2,069,706
Number of Counties in State: 33

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#4. Rhode Island

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 75.41%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 40.00%
Population: 
1,051,695
Number of Counties in State: 5

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#3. Utah

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 78.45%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 58.62%
Population:
 2,813,673
Number of Counties in State: 29

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#2. Arizona

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 84.43%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 46.67%
Population:
 6,479,703
Number of Counties in State: 15

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#1. Nevada 

Percent of Population Living in Counties with High Overdose Death Rates: 91.22%
Percent of Counties With High Overdose Rates: 41.18%
Population: 2,730,066
Number of Counties in State: 17

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While the chemical composition is similar to a drug, so are the dangerous side effects.

"So somebody that's pregnant may go into labor...things like that," he said. " It's how it affects the nausea, the vomiting, the GI distress that comes from ingestion."

Parents have asked what to do if they see a packet of seeds.

"It's the fact that in any given event, a bad trip, bad physiologic side effects are dangerous enough that we have dead children from the experiences," Wickhizer said.

Starting last year Landa's staff limited the sale of packets to minors.

"There's no law says you can't buy morning glory seeds, but at the same time, we told them if they saw any young people that were not of age, that we limit to two packs without an adult being present."

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