Volume 51, Number 29

eighteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, July 17, 2014

K2, 7H Rush, Bath Salts Warning to Parents

Submitted by: Pickett County Sheriff Dana Dowdy
The Pickett County Sheriff's office is working to protect the community from the dangers of drug use. The following article is about one of the serious new problems.
Parents aware of teen drug use should know the facts of abusing K2. It has been found in Pickett County. Sold as incense, herbs and spices treated with synthetic chemicals, produce a high like marijuana. Incense isn't regulated yet so anyone can buy it.
K2 is incense – a blend of herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound similar to THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) found in marijuana. The combination looks like crushed potpourri. Users claim it's almost impossible to tell the difference between the two. But it is extremely dangerous.
Dangers of K2:
K2 is stronger and more dangerous than marijuana. The drug moves quickly from the lungs into the bloodstream where it is carried to other parts of the body, including the vital organs.
The psychoactive drug can cause users to experience rapidly increased heart rates, loss of consciousness, paranoia and, occasionally, psychotic episodes
The long-term effects of K2 have yet to be determined; but if the experts are right and using K2 is determined to cause irreversible damage to the brain, then many career dreams and goals for success will end.
It is sold under the names: Supernova, Spice, Genie, Zohai, Spirit, White Rabbit, Rasta Weed, and others.
Teenagers have collapsed and lost consciousness from it with heart rates of over 130, had vomiting and foaming of the mouth, and have needed hospitalization.
Other dangerous mind altering substances on the market are: Space Trips, Xplode, XTZ, TNT, Cok-N, V8 Capsules. All are dangerous and none have been tested by the FDA.
Recently in Cookeville a man abusing bath salts was became convinced that "something was in his leg" and was allegedly preparing to "perform surgery on himself." Someone called police, and the man was taken to the Cookeville Regional Medical Center emergency room and is now in the Intensive Care.
In another case last week, a man ran through a hospital high on bath salts thinking snakes were biting him. Yet another couple under the influence, pepper sprayed residents of a motel thinking they were after them. Not only do bath salts cause terrifying hallucinations, it can be life threatening.
Please contact us if we can be of assistance: 864-3210, or the Pickett County Drug Coalition COPE at pickettcountycope@yahoo.com

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