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POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 7:47pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 7:58pm

www.spiceisnotnice.org

Ruth Rivas is on a campaign to stop "Spice" and other synthetic drugs from hurting El Paso's youth.

Rivas and her husband Paul know how serious the problem is. Their son Adam Hernandez, 28, a Socorro High School graduate, suicided while on Navy duty last summer. He reportedly had smoked Spice immediately before his death.

Ruth Rivas and her husband appeared before El Paso City Council today, appealing for stronger restrictions against the drugs and businesses which sell them.

"They killed my son", Ruth Rivas says.  Now she says, she approaches strangers and asks them if they know about the danger of Spice.

DEA Special Agent Diana Apodaca also addressed council, and listed the possible effects of Spice and bath salt inhalants, including nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, heart attacks, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts.

The Rivas couple has begun a website, www.spiceisnotnice.org, to educate the public.

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