K2 Sending More Texas Teens To Emergency Rooms

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – K2, Spice and Blaze are street names for a type of synthetic marijuana that is blazing a trail straight to emergency rooms. “It’s more and more common now. It needs to be taken more seriously,” said Kim Tate.

Tate is a mother from Richardson who says she lost her son to K2. 19-year-old Dominique Tate died suddenly, two months after he started smoking it. “Kids are going to find a way. Marijuana is illegal, so they’re going to find another way to get high,” added Tate.

K2 and similar products were once sold in local smoke shops, but it’s now illegal in Texas and more than a dozen other states, and yet hospital emergency rooms, nationwide, are seeing an increase in related cases.

According to a study published in a recent issue of Pediatrics, The American Association of Poison Control Centers received 4,500 calls involving…

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