In South Texas, synthetic drugs have caused hundreds to call the Texas Poison Center and one person has perished because of the substances. Synthetic cannabinoids are a dangerous narcotic which was deemed illegal in the state a little over a year ago. Recently, two men have been arrested for possession and use of the drug in unrelated cases in the area.
The police suspect that there are a lot more people out there that have the drug and they want to incarcerate these possessors as soon as possible. Though the drug is often called synthetic marijuana it is exorbitantly harmful compared to its namesake. An overdose on synthetic cannabinoids has the power to cause a tragic death in a matter of hours.
Versions of the drug are also called K2 or Spice on the street. The UT Health Science Center in San Antonio encourages men and women to remember that the synthetic marijuana is much more powerful than normal marijuana is. In the synthetic version, the plant is laced with unknown chemicals that create chest pain, heart palpitations, drowsiness, hallucinations, vomiting, confusion, or dizziness.
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services says that the cannabinoids don’t normally merit feelings of euphoria, but rather make users miserable and sick. They can create extremely violent outbursts. Reports show that children as young as 10 have tried this dangerous drug, and seniors as old as 72.
Most users smoke the cannabinoids, while 12 percent ingest it. 75.4 percent of all synthetic marijuana users are male. Only recently did Texas law specifically state that synthetic cannabinoids were illegal. There is also a new penalty group to regulate the substances and it is a felony to manufacture or sell the psychoactive ingredients. Possession can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the amount of synthetic marijuana available.