The Truth About “Fake Pot”

The U.S. government recently took action on the new fad drug, “fake pot”. The chemicals that form this new drug are sold in head shops and on the Internet, marketing the drug toward teens and young adults as incense.

A blend of herbs laced with synthetic marijuana, known popularly as K2, is being sold openly. K2 often sends users to hospitals with symptoms varying from soaring heart rates to paranoia to near-death experiences, according to health professionals.

K2 has become popular with people that have regular drug screenings because the substance does not show up on drug tests.

Little is known about the long-term effects of the legal substance, also known as Spice, Demon, Genie, Zohai and a host of other names. Authorities believe K2 could have been behind the death of an Iowa teen that committed suicide shortly after smoking it.

“At least with pot you know what it is,” DEA spokeswoman Barbara Carreno said. “You have some idea how potent it is and you know how it affects you. With these things, you don’t know what you’re getting.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is taking action by launching a 30-day investigation to possibly put these chemicals in the same drug category as heroin and cocaine.

DEA spokeswoman Dawn Dearden says law enforcement will be using chemical tests to determine which products violate the ban and will focus on distributors, not individual users.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers have reported receiving more than 1,500 calls from 48 states about products spiked with these chemicals.



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