Inside Alabama’s deadly Spice craze

April 24, 2015 7:55 AM

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For the small southern city of Anniston, 2011 seemed like a summer of madness. First came the cicadas, woken from their 13-year-slumber by some ineffable urge. Then came the reports of a new drug in town. It was called Spice, and all the kids were trying it.

Brandon Murphree had just graduated from the only high school in town, earning a full ride to Jacksonville State University, right up the road. Murphree was handsome and popular. College was going to be a party.

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