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   K2: "The new marijuana"

K2, spice, fake marijuana, among other names. is basically an incense that can be smoked to get high. But it's legal and it's available and in demand right here in the tri-states. Three grams of K2 will cost around $35 and it's available at several tobacco stores and other businesses. It's labeled "Not for Consumption", but the herb is laced with THC which produces a high when smoked.

Effects are reportedly analogous to marijuana but include additional dangers to users such as panic attacks, heart palpitations, hallucinations, delusions, vomiting, increased agitation, dilated pupils, blood clots rupturing in the brain and other symptoms.. 
Experts say there are some signs to watch for if you suspect your child may be using K2. They may be more anxious, have a pale appearance, and be increasingly agitated. Some teens have also shown signs of confusion due to hallucinations caused by the drug. K2 also has a pungent odor when smoked, similar to marijuana, so you will likely smell it on your teens clothes or belongings.

Another concern is even if K2 is made illegal in the tri-states, it will still be available for purchase online, making policing of the substance much more difficult.

Kansas and Kentucky which have banned the sale and possession of its active chemicals, and the town council of St. Charles, Missouri has passed emergency legislation banning its sale. Springdale, Arkansas and the surrounding area have also banned K2. The US Army has banned soldier use.

Background. The Illinois-Missouri area reports increasing incidents of "herbal incense" containing new synthetic Cannabinoids such as JWH 018, CP 47497 and HU-210 being sold in smoke shops. There are many different brand names for this product which adds confusion for first responders, hospital staff, and prevention professionals. German researchers discovered the synthetic Cannabinoids present in Spice and the U.S. Custom  Service banned the importation of the product in late 2009. However, other products have popped up to fill the void of the Spice ban such as "K2" in the St. Louis metro area, which has been linked to at least 30 hospitalizations, and "Red Dragon Smoke" in the DePaul neighborhood of Chicago. These products can also be purchased over the internet for about $35 per gram. It is suspect that there are, or will be, many other brand names popping up containing the same synthetic Cannabinoids as authorities attempt to control these intoxicants. If you have an incident where a subject is experiencing panic attacks, heart palpitationsdilated pupils, or other symptoms but the hospital toxicology report is negative for drugs, you may have a synthetic Cannabinoids adverse reaction case. 

Drug Testing. There is no accepted urine drug  test for the presence of the chemicals in this product and no criminal laws for possession. Reportedly the hospital toxicology may be negative for drugs which may be an indicator for thesynthetic Cannabinoids in this product.  Several states are considering legislation at this  time. Consequently, it might be  useful to ask victims what product they smoked and then research the name. Many prodrug forums have multiple postings of specific product names with the degree of intoxication each product produces.