Salvia Suicide Could Mean End of Legal High

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Ryan Santanna, a 21-year-old from Roosevelt Island, jumped off a 15th floor balcony to his death after smoking salvia, a legal herb, with his ex-girlfriend, she told the New York Daily News. According to the paper, the pair were on their stomachs looking over the edge, "pretending to swim like an animal," when all of a sudden Santanna got up to jump. "He stared at me but it was like he wasn't seeing me; it was just a blank stare," said Benazir Balani, who was with Santanna at the time. "He just ran and hopped over the fence. He had no idea who he was, what he was doing."

Police said Santanna had no history of mental problems, increasing the likelihood that his death could be used by New York hoping to outlaw the still legal substance, which last gained national notoriety when Miley Cyrus smoked it on camera, devolving into a giggling 18-year-old girl.

A salvia high usually lasts for around 15 minutes and is akin to hallucinating, leading to its banning in around 10 states. Like K2 and cocaine-like bath salts, the persistence of legal drugs can usually sneak by quietly until tragedy strikes, launching a community into action.

In Delaware, for instance, Brett's law refers to the banning of salvia three months after the death of Brett Chidester, who was high on the drug. His mother continues to campaign around the country.

Ryan Santanna smoked salvia before leaping to his death from Roosevelt Island balcony [NYDN]

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Buy Salvia
Buy Salvia

Salvia become dangers if it will take in more quantity. so person should care full at the time of eating this. 

Alientravelogue
Alientravelogue

The real tragedy is banning it. Humanity can be so fickle and clueless.

salvia trip
salvia trip

There are many drugs that help people get out of their minds yet stay within the law - they're called 'legal highs' Salvia divinorum, used by Aztecs to alter consciousness, can be bought on eBay; 'spice' is four times stronger than ... The backlash against salvia is growing. Media interest in the US has been heightened after the mother of Brett Chidester, a 17-year-old Delaware student, blamed the drug for the suicide of her son. In his diary, Chidester noted: "Salvia ...

Aaron in Portland
Aaron in Portland

Mr Coscarelli, you could inform your article (and make it less overtly anti-salvia) with a bit more research. "A salvia high usually lasts for around 15 minutes"? This is true only when it is smoked. However the traditional way used by the Mazatecs in Mexico for centuries is a chewed 'quid', chewing dried leaves and keeping the liquid in the mouth for upwards of 30 minutes. The effects are gradual, compassionate, insightful and meditative and can last beyond an hour. What's needed in response to this tragedy is education where it counts (schools, youth-targeted media), labelling laws, etc. Banning it outright will only create another drug war (we know how successful those are -- see http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetw...

-- and will prevent many people from being helped by this amazing plant. 

stimulants
stimulants

Well,  legal highs have slighter effects in our body system it is always advisable to take it responsibly by following the required dosage.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Natural selection at work......

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