"We are aware that there are other chemicals that do similar things. We picked five because we don't have the resources to study 200. This is a first step," said Carreno. "There is a mindset that if something is legal, it's safe. It's not."
But not everyone agrees that the outright banning of these new drugs is the best way to proceed. If anything, the proliferation of these quasi-legal drugs is proof to some that the federal drug laws are failing.
"I would not recommend that anyone be taking Spice or K2, but one of the primary reasons people take this stuff is because they don't want to be caught in a drug test," said Ethan Nadelmann, director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a non-profit that works to change federal drug laws.
"People aren't taking it because it gives a better high than marijuana," he said. "Does banning it make it more unavailable? This is a failure to think through the consequences of criminalization of marijuana rather than rely on sensible regulation and education."
Education seems to be what the DEA has in mind for now, at the risk of creating new demand. "It's better, I feel, for the information that's out there to be accurate," said Carreno.
The Moodys couldn't agree more.
"If we can keep someone from having to go through this, we're happy to talk about it," said Jarrod's father John. "If it saves even one person, we feel like we owed it to Jarrod to tell people about it."