POSTED: Friday, September 28, 2012 - 6:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 28, 2012 - 6:58pm
EL PASO — A grieving mother shares her tragic story of her 28 year old son taking his own life while under the influence of a synthetic drug.
"How can you tell me that my son committed suicide when he had all these plans, it doesn't make sense," said a sobbing Ruth Rivas.
Just three months ago, her son, a Socorro High School graduate, and an 8 year Navy veteran, committed suicide. But Rivas says something wasn't right because her son was planning to become an officer in the Navy, buy a new car. He had spoken about his plans for the future.
“ I told him baby you could be everything that you wanna be, but spice took it away from him," said Rivas.
Adam had been smoking a synthetic drug for marijuana called spice. Her normally happy-go lucky, vivacious son Adam became easily aggravated, short over the phone and his phone calls were few and far between. It wasn't until the coroner confirmed her son was under the influence of the drug when he killed himself.
"I asked her I said could spice be something that contributed to what he did and she said yes," said Rivas.
Now all Rivas has left is home videos and old pictures. She says Adam would want her to warn others in his name.
“ I know he would not want this to happen to another person and so that's why I have started this campaign to tell others or warn others about the dangers of spice because there's so many people out there who have never heard about it," said Rivas.
Rivas' campaign is called spice is not nice. It includes a website , so that people can educate themselves about the symptoms and be aware of the danger. I t's a problem that spans nationwide and has caught the eye of law enforcement locally. In July News Channel Nine reported on a local spice raid. DEA agents seized more than 72,000 packages of synthetic drugs including spice. The drug is banned from Texas, but manufacturers can still find a way to put it on shelves.
"The fact of that matter is the kids are not using it as incense, they are smoking it," said Rivas.
She will be hosting a rally for her cause on October 26th at Burgess High School.