Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Synthetic Pot Sends Salem Teen To Hospital

POSTED: 2:59 pm PDT August 18, 2010
UPDATED: 8:27 pm PDT August 18, 2010

A Salem teen wound up in a hospital after using synthetic marijuana last weekend, according to an anti-drug nonprofit organization.

Tom Parker, spokesman for Oregon Partnership, said the 16-year-old asked a homeless man in Englewood Park to buy him Buzz, so-called synthetic pot, at a head shop. Hours later, the boy's mother said she awoke to find her son yelling, pacing and hyperventilating.

Parker said the teen was taken to Salem Hospital's emergency room for treatment of high blood pressure and elevated heart rate. While at the hospital, Parker said, the boy asked his parents not to let him die.

The teen suffered side effects from the blend of herbs mixed with synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, according to the nonprofit.

K2 is sold at shops in Washington and Oregon, something the victim's mother said has to stop.

"No parent should have to tell your son 'No, you're not going to die,' and then sit there and the only reason your child is breathing is you are reminding them to take a breath," said the victim's mother.

The teen is doing better, his mother said, but still feels intermittent effects from the drug. She said she wants the drug banned

Oregon Partnership said they are calling on lawmakers to outlaw the chemical."

Lousy LIBERAL MEDIA always trying to get drugs outlawed... That's a bad situation for that family, but exactly how is it the drug's fault that her son asked A HOMELESS MAN IN THE PARK to go into a head shop to buy him drugs? I'm sure when she's had a chance to calm down, she'll realize what kind of stuff her son is into and rip him a new one, but does the news media really need to run this type of story? That is, the type of story where the people involved are making logically flawed demands of our government based on their personal problems? I'm not saying whether K2 should or should not be legal, all I'm saying is; this is not the argument that should get it outlawed.

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