Parents talk about effects of K2 on their child

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

MARSHALL CO., OK – The new drug K2 has been making national headlines, as the side effects become more severe and cities begin banning the substance. And after a local teen overdosed on the drug, the parents are speaking about the dangers of K2.

Last Monday night the parents of a Marshall County teen rushed to Sherman after they got a call that their son had been taken to the emergency room at Texoma Medical Center.

"They had everything but a breathing machine hooked up to him. His heart rate accelerated, his blood pressure went sky high, it's just bad news,” said the stepfather, Richard.

Richard doesn't want his identity released, but said his 16 year old stepson had driven down to Sherman with two other friends to buy the drug. They smoked a version of the incense – K4 – in the Midway Mall parking lot. But after they had a severe reaction one of the teens called a parent in Oklahoma, who then called 9-1-1.

"I think it scared them, I think it scared them a lot, I think it scared all three of them, because they thought they were going to die when they went to the emergency room,” said Richard.

K2, and other versions of the drug, all look at smell like potpourri. They aren’t illegal because they’re sold as an incense and state on the label “not for human consumption.” But the chemicals used are meant to simulate the effects of marijuana.

Several toxicologists found that the dried herbs and chemicals in K2 can cause severe reactions like seizures, hallucinations, vomiting and heart problems.

"If those kinds of chemicals get into the system it can have all kinds of unpredictable effects. So very dangerous to use, legal, but unpredictable compounds to use them for recreational drug abuse,” said Dr. Duke Carlson, a physician with TexomaCare.

Richard has started a website warning about the dangers of K2 and is trying to get the word about in hopes that other parents won't have to go through what he did.

Several deaths around the country and in North Texas have also been linked to K2 use.

"Educate the parents, and then hopefully the kids will get educated too,” said Richard.

Dr. Carlson said putting any toxic chemicals into your body is a bad idea, and could have serious consequences.

"Don't jump on the next recreational drug fad, it can be deadly, people die. Especially young people who think they want to experiment with these supposedly legal drugs,” he said.

Several cities, including Gainesville, have already banned the substance. A proposition to ban K2 in Sherman is also on the agenda for Sherman City Council's meeting next Tuesday.

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  • by victor Location: lupa on Mar 16, 2011 at 02:13 PM
    i have smoked K2 for a year and a half straight almost everyday now and i believe there are long term affects of the drug. i can feel it in my heart and in my head. sometimes my heart feels like it wants to explode and my brain feels like a permant head ache. i have quit smoking it now i just hope these affects from it go away. my advice dont do it. even smoking little bits at a time is no good. it all started out good getting high and having a good time. i used to be a true believer of K2 but after long term use i now see why this drug should be banned and made illegal.
  • by GRL FRM MADILL Location: MADILL on Oct 4, 2010 at 07:58 AM
  • by John Location: Neosho, MO on Oct 3, 2010 at 05:20 PM
    You imply that every Dr. knows all of what is true... There is nothing that is a diseise like quality about those kinds of things. They are just things that people do. Would you call driving an SUV a disiese? Ohhh... it's bad for the environment... you do it all the time even though you know the consequences... yeah not... kapeesh. re-re...
  • by Katharine on Oct 1, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    Really?? Talk to a Dr. about it and get the FACTS!!
  • by John Q Location: Texas on Oct 1, 2010 at 12:32 PM
    Hey Katherine in Sioux City, Iowa: Cancer is a DISEASE..An addiction to anything is not a disease. Its the bodies response to a foreign substance that has been ingested or inhaled over a period of time. Bulimeia, anorexia, co-dependency, gambling, internet, spending, etc are not addictions. They a mental disorders and habits.
  • by Fah See Shush on Sep 30, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    I guess now I'll have to go to the store and double up on some good old diphenhydramine HCL. while IT'S still legal....
  • by Katharine Location: Sioux City, Iowa on Sep 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM
    I am in complete disbelief in the way some of you have responded to this. Alcoholism, Drug addiction, gambling, codependency, food, anorexia, bulimia, etc, etc, etc, internet, spending....those are all addictions. Would you say such things to one of your family members if they were diagnosed with cancer? Seriously! This is what's wrong with people today, it is people like you who are always passing judgement on others. You may want to clean up your own backyards before you judge!
  • by local Location: county on Sep 12, 2010 at 01:08 AM
    Bob, you're not even from our county... keep to yourself because this is a local forum. Let's not forget Sherman was on CNN or MSNBC as being Texas' meth capitol! And why does K2 share similar side effects as Ambien? Let's ban Ambien and alcohol from Sherman! Kid's get high on your Ambien, yes they do hallucinate on them the same as you. The Czar needs a few more dollars, please ban it all.
  • by GUEST Location: Ohio on Sep 9, 2010 at 10:56 AM
    Ive smoke marijuana for a few years now and most recently tried K2. I've found that its affects a very similar IF used in smaller doses than what you would of marijuana. I smoke a joint of K2 just like I would of marijuana and it freaked me out cause my heart rate did rise, however if you have a more potent product you don't need as much. If used responsibly, and the public is told the truth about K2 and the right way to smoke it then I don't see any issues with K2. Like I said I experienced a kind of scary moment with the product but I've also realized that if controlled properly then it's great! I see everyones side of the argument but if i would in charge I'd keep it legal!!
  • by Duh.. Location: Sherman on Sep 9, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    Should have been weed. Just face it. Prohibition is a failure and NOW poor kids are trying to kicc bacc with potpourri so they wont go to jail. Really?! At least we know everything there is to know about marijuana. People may not like it, but thats just like cigarettes and alchohol.
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