- Associated Press - Saturday, January 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Demi Moore smoked something before she was rushed to the hospital on Monday night and was convulsing and “semi-conscious, barely,” according to a caller on a frantic 911 recording released Friday by Los Angeles fire officials.

The woman tells emergency operators that Moore, 49, had been “having issues lately.”

“Is she breathing normal?” the operator asks.

“No, not so normal. More kind of shaking, convulsing, burning up,” the friend says as she hurries to Moore’s side, on the edge of panic.

The recording captures the 10 minutes it took paramedics to arrive as friends gather around the collapsed star and try to comfort her as she trembles and shakes.

Another woman is next to Moore as the dispatcher asks if she’s responsive.

Demi, can you hear me?” she asks. “Yes, she’s squeezing hands. … She can’t speak.”

When the operator asks what Moore ingested or smoked, the friend replies, but the answer was redacted.

“Some form of … and then she smoked something. I didn’t really see. She’s been having some issues lately with some other stuff. So I don’t know what she’s been taking or not,” the friend says.

The city attorney’s office advised the fire department to redact details about medical conditions and substances to comply with federal medical privacy rules.

“She smoked something. It’s not marijuana. It’s similar to incense,” the friend says to the 911 operator.

While Moore’s friends don’t say exactly what she smoked, an increasingly popular drug known as Spice is sometimes labeled as “herbal incense.”

Spice is a synthetic cannabis drug and also called K2. It’s sold in small packets over the Internet, in smoke shops and at convenience stores. The packaging sometimes reads “not for human consumption” to conceal its purpose.

In 2011, there were twice as many spice-related calls to Poison Control Centers nationwide as in the previous year, according to the National Office of Drug Control Policy.

The adverse health effects associated with synthetic marijuana include anxiety, vomiting, racing heartbeat, seizures, hallucinations, and paranoid behavior.

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