Weatherford Democrat

Local News

September 15, 2010

K2 causes health problems with use

WEATHERFORD —  

 

K2 is one vote away from being banned in the City of Weatherford, but some may not know the physical and medical effects the product has on people’s health.

In the general population, using K2 is on the rise among teenagers and adolescents as an alternative to marijuana and cannabis, said family medicine physician Dr. Roberto Cardarelli, who practices in Aledo.

There has also been a pronounced increase in the number of calls to the Texas Poison Center over the past six months.

The state health department has already reported more than 200 calls this year, compared to last year’s calls of less than a dozen reporting negative and harmful side effects after inhalation of the product, said Christine Mann, assistant spokeswoman for the Department of State Health in Austin.

K2, or what some people call synthetic marijuana, may present various health problems to users which include increased heart rate, loss of consciousness, heavy sedation, paranoia, hallucinations, vomiting and psychotic episodes.

The increase in use may be attributed to media exposure, increased popularity and more product availability.

The product is legal in Texas, but is not regulated by the state or the Federal Drug Administration, so members of the Department of State Health Services do not know the exact ingredients in K2, Mann said.

“Consumers of this product really have no way of knowing of what’s in K2,” she said.

The state department does know it is labeled “not for human consumption,” and is marketed as an incense or herbal product with a chemical sprayed on it that resembles the active ingredient in marijuana, THC.

Mathias B Forrester, an epidemiologist for the Texas Department of State Health Services, reported synthetic marijuana may resemble severe marijuana intoxication and at least one death has been blamed on the product.

K2 can be bought over the counter in smoke shops, gas stations and is sold over the Internet.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0727 loc peaster ffa.jpg Peaster FFA students attend state convention

    The 86th Texas FFA Convention was recently held in Fort Worth. Peaster’s Hannah Ford completed her year of service as a state officer. 

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Parker County Heritage Society to meet Aug. 19

    Parker County Heritage Society will meet Aug. 19 in the home of Nathan and Abby Hamessely at 410 W. Spring St. at 7 p.m. 

    July 27, 2014

  • AgriLife to offer parenting classes Aug. 19, 21

    The Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes on Aug. 19 and 21, 2014, at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The classes will be from 1-5 p.m. each day and will include lunch. The cost to attend the class is $10 per person for the two-day class. Scholarships are available.

    July 27, 2014

  • CASA receives national certification for its efforts

    WEATHERFORD – CASA Hope for Children of Parker and Palo Pinto County has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that CASA Hope for Children is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.

    July 26, 2014

  • 0725 loc whs ffa.jpg Weatherford FFA attends state convention in Fort Worth

    Members from the Weatherford FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention July 14-18 in Fort Worth.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • DAILY RECORD: Marriages and deaths

    Marriages and deaths recorded from July 16, 2014 to July 22, 2014. This information is being provided as a courtesy by the Parker County Clerk. Every effort is made to see that the information is correct and complete. The Parker County Clerk is not responsible should there be an error within the information provided.

    July 25, 2014

  • Dept. of State Health Services releases Aug. schedules

    Texas Department of State Health Services immunization clinics for August:

    July 24, 2014

  • 0723 loc WC upward bound.jpg Traveling the path to success

    Several factors aligned to set Louriann Villa on the path to success including a mother she considers a hero, the Weatherford College Upward Bound program and scholarship funds.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Weatherford DAR to host summer workshop

    Weatherford Chapter-DAR will be hosting the District II summer workshop with 94 members from across North Texas attending on Saturday, July 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Side Baptist Church.

    July 23, 2014

  • Painting with a Twist/Painting with a Purpose

    Looking for a fun night out? Join us for the Parker Paws Painting with a Purpose fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. 

    July 20, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow