“We need to educate people that it’s Poison”
That is what APD detective Lonnie Gall had to say about the recent outbreaks of K2 spice.
With the prohibition of any substance comes cheap alternatives, however relaying the effects to public knowledge should be the biggest concern.
It’s only been a year since Texas legislature scheduled synthetic marijuana as a level I drug, thus making it illegal to manufacture, distribute, possess, and sell within the state. However it seems within the past few months cases of overdose have spiked.
According to APD detective Lonnie Gall, who’s worked on force for eighteen years, the recent spikes are the fallout of the newly enacted law.
APD must take extensive measures when making an apprehension, as most arrests are already pre-warranted, as the testing for K2 cannot be performed as readily as other narcotics. So often times APD must return after they’ve conducted test.
To get the full summary K2 from detective Gall, click below.
While the distributors usually look to prey on the homeless and vulnerable, there have been instances of students purchasing K2 in the belief that it substitutes the effects of Marijuana. With that, last August Austin Texas CMS reported 27 cases of K2 overdoses within a 24-hour period alone.
In reality K2 is often merely just an mixture of herbs sprayed with a chemicals with the intent of mimicking the psychoactive effects of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The only knowledge of the effects are often left with the distributor alone. The side effects can be drastic, or even fatal, possibly leading to seizures, loss of consciousness,vomiting, hallucinations, and paranoia.
According to reports released by APD, the majority of K2 dealers have actually been youth. With that, about 40% of overdoses from the drug have also been from persons under twenty. However the largest toll rests on Austin’s transient population.
APD has had its plate full when it comes to controlling the substances movement, especially during the heavy traffic of South by Southwest. Long lines, unruly tourists, and plenty of tight space can all produce the perfect climate for an inexpensive new substance to prosper.
Remember to call attention to public awareness of the substance, as a well informed community is a well prepared one.
If you/or someone you know comes in contact with K2 please dial poison control at (800) 222-1222