K2 by the numbers

K2 aka Spice, K4 or Kush, a synthetic marijuana made from herbs, spices and plant material often coated with a synthetic THC compound.

330 percent increase in K2-related exposures reported nationwide between Jan. 1 to April 22, 2015 from the same time period last year.

1,900 exposures reported to CDC from Jan. 1 to April 22, 2015

5,639 K2 exposure reported calls to poison control centers nationwide as of Aug. 2015.

35.3 percent of calls reported tachycardia.

29 percent of calls reported drowsiness or lethargy.

26.3 percent of calls reported vomiting.

16.4 percent of calls reported confusion.

15 deaths reported due to K2 exposure this year.

477 cases of K2 exposure reported to Texas Poison Centers as of Aug. 2015.

3 new laws enforced to expand the Texas Controlled Substances Act and ban more chemicals used to make K2, as of Sept. 1.

1,000 possible chemical compounds of synthetic marijuana banned in 2015.

2,668 K2 exposure reported calls to poison centers nationwide in 2013.

3,680 K2 exposure reported calls to poison centers nationwide in 2014.

464 Cases of K2 exposure reported to Texas Poison Centers as of 2013.

782 Cases of K2 exposure reported to Texas Poison Centers as of 2014.

3 grams of K2 sell between $30 and $40.

50 percent less chance of K2 use among kids who learn about the risks of the drug from a parent.

2004 spice/K2, synthetic marijuana launched in the UK.

2009 first harmful effects of K2 reported in US.

2011 laws implement to ban limited chemicals in K2.

2012 synthetic marijuana became the second-most abused drug in U.S. high schools, according to the NIDA.

2013 the Drug Enforcement Agency formally banned Synthetic Marijuana, naming it as a Class I drug.

1-800-222-1222 poison control hotline number. Call to learn more of reported abuse of synthetic marijuana.

Published by:Fort Worth Magazine

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