Steve and Lori Murphreeknew the personality of their 18-year-old son, Brandon, changed after he started using an herbal product legally available at stores throughout Alabama. The once-happy teen became agitated and angry and complained about being lonely even though he had many friends.
“July 2, we went to bed with a happy kid. July 3 we woke up with a monster,” Steve Murphree said.
Brandon argued with his parents, then searched through their Anniston home until he found his father’s pistol and killed himself on July 3. They later learned he had been using a product called “Spice” the previous night while they slept.
“We lost our child due to Spice,” Lori Murphree said.
The product, sometimes called “fake pot,” is sold under brand names like “Spice,” ”K2,” and “Bad MF” for $20 to $40 a package in convenience stores, music stores and tobacco shops. It is sold as incense and the packages usually say “not for human consumption.” Barry Matson, chairman of the Alabama Drug Abuse Task Force, said it’s a ruse to try to avoid legal liability.