THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - There has been an increased presence of spice in Thomas County over the past few months and just this month, there have been six cases of spice.
The narcotics division has made numerous drug busts all over the county, whether it be at hotels, homes, or at traffic stops.
Commander of the Narcotics Division, Louis Schofill, said the reason it has turned into such a big problem is because this drug is so new.
Researchers also haven't been able to discover long-term effects but the short term effects are very severe.
"This spice is making people act extremely erratic, different varieties of it. It's almost got a "bath salts" reaction to it. Some of it where it makes you completely lose your mind and do things that you would never do under any circumstances, even under being high on marijuana," said Schofill.
And users think using spice versus marijuana is a way to outsmart drug tests.
"People might be on probation where they have to give drug tests or they're at a job where they have to give drug tests, and they're thinking they're going to beat the drug test, the marijuana drug tests by smoking spice instead," said Schofill.
But, drug tests are beginning to test for spice and if they get caught, spice is an automatic felony.
"They're going to have a higher uptick in violent crimes related to drugs and theft related to drugs. It's a nexus for a lot of other crimes," said Schofill.
Like other drugs, the more addictive, accessible and new it is, the harder it'll be to get it out of the community.