VIDEO REPORT: Synthetic Marijuana Sending Teens To ER In Our Area

By: Barclay Pollak Email
By: Barclay Pollak Email

Posted Thursday March 22, 2012 5:55 p.m.

Doctors say teens who've taken the substance come to the ER and some are unable speak or unresponsive. Determining what's wrong with them can be a challenge. Signs and symptoms aren't always clear because not everyone reacts the same.

Dr. Ryan Tomburrini with St. Mary's Hospital says, " My personal experience is that he was extremely agitated, light headed and dizzy, passed out and when he came to, by the time they arrived in the emergency department [he] had admitted to trying K2. "

Doctors say if you notice your teen having a difficult time breathing, if they appear to be out of it or if they appear to be hallucinating you may want to seek medical attention. K-2 is relatively new so doctors aren't sure what the long term affects may be.

In many cases K2 is marketed as potpourri or bath salts and sometimes it's even marketed as a safer form of marijuana. But doctors say do not be fooled there is nothing safe about it.

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