K2, Spice, and Bath Salts are Illegal and Banned from Sale in Connecticut
The Department of Consumer Protection, on March 26th, 2012, banned the sale of “bath salts” and synthetic marijuana products in Connecticut. The regulation passed by the DCP designated these products as Schedule 1 controlled substances.
Schedule 1 includes drugs with high potential for abuse such as heroin, methamphetamine and LSD, and carries the toughest penalties for violation of laws concerning possession and use.
According to DCP, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) temporarily banned so-called “bath salts” last year. The product had been sold under different labels online and in shops across the U.S., and was being abused. Nationwide, the product was linked to thousands of ER visits and calls to Poison Control centers. Users complained of severe chest pains, extreme paranoia and hallucinations.
K2, an incense, is another substance which is substituted for marijuana. It is reported that when smoked or ingested, the incense produced a high similar to marijuana. Because of its effects and availability prior to the regulation, the substance had been abused primarily by the teens. “However, use of this “fake marijuana” was potentially much more harmful than at first believed, often resulting in tremors, seizures, and coma/unconsciousness among its users.”
“Sprayed with various chemicals before packaging, the products contained unidentified toxic substances that were believed to contribute to adverse health effects. A K2 or Spice product can be anywhere from four times to over 100 times more potent than regular marijuana (THC).”
“K2 and Spice have been sold under a variety of names, including Smoke, Sence, Skunk, Yucatan, Spice gold, Fire, and Genie.”
DCP warned the parents that although illegal, these products might still be sold secretly in Connecticut and neighboring states.
DCP released the following to help the parents in what to look and watch out for to protect their children: When smoked, K2/Spice has a pungent odor similar to marijuana, so you will likely smell it on a user’s clothes or belongings. Parents may notice dried herbal residue in children’s rooms, as well as the foil packets in trash.