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• K2 is labeled as an herbal blend, marketed for home incense, but it is being used for much different purposes and could have potentially dangerous effects.

• Although K2 is sometimes marketed as synthetic marijuana, the effects can be 10 times more intense than those from marijuana. The dried herbs come in 3-gram packages of various flavors, including “Blonde,” “Pink,” “Citron” and “Summit.”

• K2 samples test positive for synthetic cannabinoids JWH-018 and JWH-073, developed in the mid-1990s by Clemson University researchers conducting lab experiments on mice to test the compounds’ effects on the brain.

• Authorities are very concerned . . . Some Asian and European countries, including France, Austria and Germany, already banned these products. Now the U.S. has taken action as well.

• Many states and municipalities banned these substances prior to the nationwide ban.

• Teenagers have been hospitalized, suffered severe hallucinations, increased heart rate, seizures, and even death.

• The military has banned possession and use of K2.

• K2 or “spice” is an herbal blend, sprayed with synthetic compounds and sold as incense. But, it’s being marketed to teens as a way of getting high.

This site is intended to serve as an alert to the public of a dangerous drug threat.

If you are in Iowa and need help now, please call the Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center at 1-866-242-4111.

If you are outside the state of Iowa and need help, please call the National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center at 1-800-784-6776.

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