'Legal' highs a problem in schools
Fri, 21 Sep 2012 6:12p.m.
By Dave Goosselink
A new wave of herbal highs is creating problems around the country, despite legislation to ban them.
The Government has placed a temporary ban on 28 synthetic cannabis or party pill ingredients, but there are still many dubious products on the market.
One herbal high is K2 which is sold in dairies and party pill stores across the country. It encourages users to "have one toke and wait 10 minutes to feel the effects".
Southland truancy officer Lindsay Thomas is warning parents of the dangers of the synthetic pot.
“This K2 actually creates psychotic events for people. I've read literature that says it's 10 times more powerful than cannabis. But the kids don't know that.”
Empty packets of the blueberry and chocolate flavoured drugs have been found in local playgrounds. Head of the Invercargill Secondary Principals Group, Ian Baldwin, says it's a constant headache for schools.
“We are constantly managing that grey area between what is illegal, and what is legal but can be very damaging.”
He wants to see a Government campaign against synthetic drugs.
“We spend a lot of money telling people about the dangers of alcohol, and next to none telling them about the dangers of the wonders of chemistry,” Mr Baldwin says.
A total of 28 substances are currently banned for sale under temporary drug notices, and since bans were introduced a year ago, over 50 synthetic cannabis products have been taken off the market.
But it's up to members of the public to alert officials.
“You have to make a complaint to the Ministry of Health before anything's actioned, so they may not even know this is on the streets,” Mr Thomas says. “That's a big concern for us.”
New legislation putting the onus on manufacturers to prove substances are safe will be introduced to Parliament before Christmas, but any changes won't become law until the middle of next year.
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31/03/2013 2:52:39 a.m.
just got home from the hospital, i have my 16yr old son with me, he smoked this k2 shit, the paranoia, violent behaviour was similar to a starving vampire x demon! very scary shit i tell you! his hallucinations, voice changes, wanting to feast on human meat...blood...wtf! he tried to tear off his face/head with his own hands because there was a demon inside him...i could go on for hrs but, i have to stay awake all night so my other children can sleep, as they are now terrified of their bro...how bout we come stay with the government for awhile...i bet you will change your mind pretty darn fast & get that shit off the shelves. many hopes & dreams were ruined tonight...id like to know whos making that stuff...are the in a cult trying to reassurect demons/gateway of hell through our teens...what type of 'ancient' herbs are they using...every episode i have read so far includes some sort of demon possession type physcosis..check it out i dare you!by the way incase your wondering my teen is not a down an out we are middle to high class...
2/11/2012 10:27:29 p.m.
My daughter is in hospital after I had to get the police to help get her to the hospital. She cannot sleep without medication, she is paronoid and confused. The effects of smoking K2 have been devestating to her mental health.she chose k2 as it is legal and is now very unwell. She has been in hospital for 10 days now and well be there for some time yet. She trusts no one including me, and the whole thing is very frightening for all of us. She is going through hell. This product needs banned now. If you r taking it then stop. If u r thinking of taking it I warned u. It is horrible.
5/10/2012 5:23:25 p.m.
the DR wrote:
yes its true there are dubious drugs on the market and alcohol is the worst of all get the statistics on alcohol and tall me why its legal
23/09/2012 4:33:51 a.m.
Ban them. Why the hell would a govt let this crap be imported anyway? I thought we were trying to get smoke free.
22/09/2012 9:28:53 p.m.
Ms Waters wrote:
I work at a psychiatric hospital. We're seeing teenagers presenting with psychosis following regular use of K2. They often buy it because it's cheaper than cannabis and you can buy it at the dairy. Many seem unaware they're 'playing with fire' when it comes to their future mental health and well being.
22/09/2012 3:14:40 p.m.
T E M wrote:
QUESTION for Eimajz
Can I ask you have you never stopped and if so how did you feel at that time?
As my son has stopped after a 4 month continues period of use and is showing signs of psychotic issues.
22/09/2012 11:07:06 a.m.
K2 only exists because of workplace drug-testing and the continued prohibition of cannabis. Government and law enforcement have created this situation in my opinion.
22/09/2012 10:08:28 a.m.
If the government would just legalise and regulate cannabis there wouldn't be all this drama over research chemicals with unknown side effects. One of the main reasons a lot of people are smoking K2 and other legal highs is because it is hard to detect on drug test done in their workplace. Cannabis is natural and has been proven time and time again that it is safer than alcohol, cigarettes and is obviously safer than synthetic cannabinoids. Drug companies that make these legal highs are constantly creating new chemical mixes that will bypass the law when their old chemicals have become illegal. Has anybody heard Albert Einstein's definition of insanity?
22/09/2012 8:18:11 a.m.
This article is just a typical, "think of the children" piece of media hype. If it wasn't for workplace drug testing these substances wouldn't have half the market they currently do. That's the only reason I use them, and yes I'll agree they are a lot stronger than the real stuff. However my boss is on the warpath to identify everybody who so much as looks at a joint over the Christmas holidays. This stuff can be detected, but doing so is a lot harder than detecting real cannabis.
22/09/2012 8:03:26 a.m.
Next the left lonies will be demanding an allowance for recreational drug use for those collecting benefits, as when buying the necessities like drugs they can't afford luxeries like food!
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