Mother dead after smoking 'spice'

August 5, 2010

A mother of two who died after using a synthetic-marijuana-laced incense known as "spice" is one of the latest victims of the substance. Lilly Helsley, 28, of Middletown, died July 30 in an Anderson hospital. At least eight patients in Marion County have been treated in emergency rooms after smoking spice, and it's believed to be responsible for at least two other deaths in Indiana. Rep. John Barnes of Indianapolis plans to introduce legislation in the 2011 General Assembly to outlaw the substance.