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Wendy Williams reveals her son battled addiction

Photo Credit: Wendy Show Instagram (@wendyshow)
Photo credit: Wendy Show Instagram (@wendyshow)

Yesterday, Wendy Williams made her return to daytime TV and got right back in the saddle with her popular Hot Topics segment. Usually during that time she’s telling her viewers about the salacious scandals involving the world’s biggest celebs, but yesterday Williams revealed some shocking news when she let her viewers know that her son, Kevin Hunter Jr., is battling an addiction to synthetic marijuana.

“So the most important thing that happened this summer, which was a life-changing thing for the Hunter family, is our son was made exposed to synthetic marijuana and he was exposed by a loved one who he looked up to,” Williams shared.

Williams claimed that she had no clue about her son’s drug use because of how the synthetic marijuana works.

“It’s one of those pens where you don’t see the smoke, and you don’t smell anything,” she told her audience.

“I was duped and my kid had been smoking this mess and he got turned out to the point that he went off the rail for a moment,” Williams explained.

Experts say that synthetic marijuana is dangerous because the potency level can vary greatly as those who make it are combining a mixture of chemicals to mimic the effect of smoking weed. According to Forbes, side effects can include “agitation, vomiting, hallucination, paranoia, tremor, seizure, tachycardia, hypokalemia, chest pain, cardiac problems, stroke, kidney damage, acute psychosis, brain damage and death.”

The CDC has also reported that at least 15 people have died this year in connection to smoking the drug and that there’s been a 229 percent rise in calls to poison control centers related to synthetic cannabinoids.

Thankfully, Williams’ son didn’t die from smoking the drug, but she explained how she got him the professional help he needed. Read the rest of her statement after the cut.

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