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Feb 16, 2012 6:39 PM

Ky. Woman Part Of Effort To Ban Synthetic Drugs

LOUISVILLE (AP) - A Kentucky woman whose teenage daughter ended up in a hospital after smoking synthetic marijuana is at the forefront of an effort to push the U.S. Senate to pass legislation banning the substances.

Amy Stillwell of Bowling Green on Thursday recounted her family's scare last year after her daughter's encounter with a substance called 7H. Her daughter, who had just graduated from high school, complained of chest pains and became unresponsive.

She says her daughter gave in to peer pressure and took one puff of the substance, and added she is doing fine now.

Amy Stillwell participated in a conference call with White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske. He said synthetic drugs pose a threat to the nation's health and cited a survey that showed one in nine U.S. 12th graders reported using synthetic marijuana in the past year.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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