El Paso mother on life mission so spread message about dangers of synthetic drugs

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 9:10pm

An El Paso mother whose son died while using the synthetic drug spice shared a strong message with Ft. Bliss soldiers

"Spice is a killer. Synthetic drugs can kill you," Ruth Rivas.

Her son Adam Hernandez was a U.S. Navy Sailor stationed in Hawaii when he died in June, 2012 at the age of 28.  The coroner told Rivas her son was under the influence of spice at the time of his death.

Rivas made it her life's mission to spread awareness about the dangers of synthetic drugs, especially among the military community because she said people in the military are being targeted.

"I know that spice is a problem, not just for young people, but it is a problem with the military as well.  If I can help them, they're the ones who protect us," said Rivas.

Rivas created the "Spice is Not Nice" campaign and hopes to travel to military installations across the country to share her message.

Visit www.spiceisnotnice.org for more information on the dangers of synthetic drugs.
 

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