Midterm Story Final

“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

One thought on “Midterm Story Final”

  1. Good story. Writing needs some work and you absolutely need to interview someone, at least one person, who uses this drug.

    Don’t lead your story with a quote. Here’s a suggested lead and nut graph. Simplify your writing. Short, direct sentences. Subject-Verb-Object.

    Lede Paragraph 1: Austin Police Detective Lonnie Gall has one word for K2 spice.

    Lede Paragraph 2: “We need to educate people that it’s poison,” he said.

    Nut graph: It’s only been a year since the Texas Legislature scheduled K2, synthetic marijuana, as a level I drug, thus making it illegal to manufacture, distribute, possess, and sell within the state. However it seems that within the past few months overdoses have spiked.
    Here your story gets confusing. Slow down and explain what the Texas Lege has to do with this:
    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.

    What does pre-warranted mean? How are efforts to eradicate spice actually making it more prevalent?

    On the interactives:
    You need more photos and you need them of people. How about this police officer? Photographing him on the job? How about users? You can photograph them from behind or in profile so they are not easily identified.

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