K2, Fake Weed and Spice are all street names for synthetic marijuana packaged and sold to consumers as incense. Because these man made products pack a bigger euphoric punch than real cannabis, it is not surprising that the number of K2 addiction stories has been steadily growing. According to scientists, the effects of K2 can be as much as ten times stronger than genuine marijuana.
Many people who get trapped in the cycle of addiction begin their drug use with real marijuana before moving on to stronger more addictive substances. This was the route recovering addict Michelle said she took into a drug addiction life style. “I started off smoking Marijuana and drinking here and there at the age of 13. By the age of 18, I was smoking Marijuana and drinking to just bring myself out of bed” she said in her drug addiction story. In her own words, Michelle also said there wasn’t much that she wouldn’t do to chase her next high.
In recent years, K2 became a popular trend especially for teenagers like Michelle. According to the 2011 Monitoring the Future survey increasing use patterns by adolescents parallel a shift in attitudes about the perceived risk of harm by those surveyed concerning “marijuana” use. However, authorities warn that, although K2 is designed to mimic the effects of real weed, it is not marijuana. What it is in essence, is a potent psychotic drug that is often contaminated with other toxic substances. In fact, the chemicals used to douse the plant material sold as K2 are listed as Schedule 1 controlled substances by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Recent legislations have also made it illegal to sell, buy or possess these substances. Nevertheless, unscrupulous manufacturers and drug dealers have found ways to keep supply chains open to drug consumers including high schoolers. As a result, there has been a surge in emergency room visits and K2 drug related deaths. According to report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Spice related deaths and calls to poison control centers tripled between 2014 and 2015.
Symptoms attributed to the use of K2 include:
Case study reports have identified high toxicity levels in K2 abusers that are taken to Poison Control Centers. Also, according to a 2011 edition of Pediatrics describing adolescents who were hospitalized after using K2 indicated that the teenagers were in varying stages of catatonia and pain. Scientists also caution that while the immediate effects of K2 are evident, the long-term effects are still not known.
Treatment eventually changed Michelle’s life although she said the only reason she went to rehab was to appease her family. “My life changed about 14 months ago when I walked through the front doors of White Sands. I thought I would just go there to make my family happy and be out in about 2 weeks, but that wasn’t the case. I was introduced to a 12 step program that showed me a new way to live my life drug and alcohol free” Michelle said.
A comprehensive program of recovery can do the same for anyone trapped in a K2 drug abuse cycle. It begins with recognizing that addiction is a progressive disease that can be stopped with appropriate drug intervention support. It also requires a decision to seek help then following through with the action steps to make freedom from compulsive drug seeking and use a reality.
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