NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A teen missing for a week has a mother worried, but it is more than his disappearance concerning her.
Wishing to go by her first name, Tammy reached out to WMBF News for help with finding her son. She says he is strongly addicted to smoking spice: a type of synthetic marijuana that she says makes him suicidal.
Over the last week, Tammy has gotten text messages from unknown numbers hinting at her son's whereabouts.
She says he hopes he is somewhere the fake weed isn't legal.
"He was very funny, had a loving personality," says Tammy, the mother of the missing teen.
She discovered her son was actually smoking spice, a synthetic marijuana that used to be freely sold on shelves labeled as incense or even plant food.
Horry County Councilman Marion Foxworth says recently the law changed, banning the substance in Horry County.
He says they are working at a local level to crack down on it.