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Law Against Synthetic Drugs in Missouri Has Not Stopped Sales


“K2” and other synthetic drugs are still available in some gas stations and convenience stores in Missouri even after the state banned the substances, according to The Kansas City Star.

Vicky Ward, Manager of Prevention Services for Tri-County Mental Health Services, said teenagers tend to think K2, a form of synthetic marijuana, can’t be harmful if it is available at convenience stores. “It is not your typical drug kid,” she said. “Their rationale is, ‘I am a good kid; I would not do anything illegal.’ But they are selling it in the stores, so you have a mindset that it must be safe.”

This month, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a report for physicians about the side effects of synthetic marijuana, to help them be on the lookout for the symptoms.

Signs of synthetic marijuana abuse include agitation, excessive sweating, inability to speak, restlessness and aggression, according to the report. The drugs also cause “euphoric and psychoactive effects” similar to those caused by marijuana. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 4,500 calls involving synthetic marijuana toxicity from 2010 to 2011.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced it is extending its ban on synthetic marijuana for another six months. In March 2011, the DEA temporarily banned five chemicals whose effects mimic marijuana. The DEA said it was outlawing the chemicals to protect public health and safety.

The chemicals are now classified as Schedule I substances, which have “a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use for treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.”

4 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Austin
    Austin / November 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Look, synthetic pot hasn’t hurt anyone yet, not saying it isn’t bad, but all that Feds are accomplishing by banning it is they are creating more drug dealers, it’s EVERYWHERE and NO BODY can stop it no matter how hard they try, the synthetic industry looks at these efforts and laugh their ass’s off, stop trying your making shit worse, it will never go away ever it will just keep getting more unpredictable.

  2. Avatar of Nathan K.
    Nathan K. / September 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I was a habitual smokers for months,surprisingly im 18 now and i’m still alive,the problem is it specifically says on the back of the package,DEA compliant,it also says not for human consumption but that dont stop nobody,before this stuff moved to my neighborhood everyone smoked pot,sad to say its not as bad no where near,now i’m basically dying because i quit,i’m not discussing the symptoms,now i need anyone and everyone’s help to help me find a hospital in Missouri that is researching this stuff so they can find out what i was smoking and banned it to before me or more of my friends die..please email me with info

  3. Avatar of RevKev
    RevKev / March 1, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Have to agree with you Laura C on this at least. Given the lack of comments on this here, I have to wonder how many people in Missouri, are even aware of it and potential danger that it presents. Definitely awareness needs to be brought to the mainstream, as well the loopholes closed with stiffer laws and prosecution of ‘dealers’ of the substance. This as well as other synthetic drugs which potentially the same effects from the use and other hazards caused by the manufacture and sale of such.

  4. Avatar of Laura C
    Laura C / February 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    It’s NOT LIKE POT!!! I’m tired of the media saying it’s effects are like pot. Do some research and talk to kids that have used it. It’s effects are like PCP, it’s much more psychotropic than pot and it’s accessable because the laws have loopholes. Get this crap out of our state. It’s harming our kids.

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