Friday, June 8, 2012
Addiction team from the Brighton Center for Recovery Hospital answers viewers questions during live web chat. Check out the chat transcript.
It was a lively and infomative debate between viewers and a team of addiction specialists from the Brighton Center for Recovery Tuesday during the one-hour live web chat on about K2 on Patch.com. Dr. David Yanga, addictionoligist and family practitioner, along with John Furey, Brighton counseling supervisor and Scott Masi, Brighton addiction outreach specialist, were on hand from noon to 1 p.m. to field readers' questions. To read a transcript of the chat, click on the Cover It Live box. For more information, visit the Brighton Center for Recovery Hospital.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Dr. Sanford Vieder says 'synthetic marijuana' is a misnomer for the drug K2, now legally sold in Michigan stores.
Botsford Hospital's Emergency Trauma Center hasn't been deluged with patients suffering from the effects of smoking "Spice", also known as K2, but director Dr. Sanford Vieder has seen enough to support public calls to get the synthetic drug out of Michigan stores. "I think the public's kind of demanding that, and they should," he said, because the effects of the drug are so dramatic. Spice is legally sold in Michigan, because the compound is not specifically banned under state law. The substance is packaged as "incense", with wrappers that are generally labeled with warnings that it is not for consumption. State lawmakers and officials in Oakland County, Macomb County, West Bloomfield Township and Royal Oak have taken or are considering …
Friday, June 1, 2012
In a letter, a company leader asks local owners to stop selling Spice or K2—a synthetic form of marijuana—at all of its stations, effective immediately.
Citgo has asked the owners of its gas stations to stop selling K2 and Spice—a synthetic form of marijuana. The sale of K2 and Spice has caused concern for many parents and local officials in Michigan, and Alan Flagg, the general manager of light oils marketing for Citgo, joined the outcry. In a letter dated May 31, Flagg asked the local owners of Citgo stations to stop the sale of K2 at locally-owned, Citgo-branded locations, even in states where the substances are legal, including Michigan. “Substances such as synthetic marijuana and Bath Salts, sold under a variety of names, including Spice and K2, have proven to be harmful substances, especially for teenagers,” Flagg wrote in the letter. “At least 40 states have banned their sale in …
Three shocking local tragedies and legislative pushes to outlaw the substances at the state and federal levels has shined a spotlight.
The sale of K2—a synthetic drug also known as Spice—has drawn much attention throughout the state of Michigan in recent weeks. Many parents have expressed concern about Spice in the wake of several incidents. The most recent being the death of 18-year-old Bloomfield Township resident Oliver Smith, who died of an overdose of the synthetic drug over the weekend, Bloomfield Township police said. That followed the shooting death of 17-year-old Jonathan Hoffman on May 18. The West Bloomfield teen was allegedly shot by his grandmother, Sandra Layne, who attorneys say feared for her safety because he may have use K-2. Tucker Cipriano, 19, of Farmington Hills is believed to have been high on synthetic marijuana in April when he attacked his family…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
House Bill 5709 would require the state to analyze and report on synthetic marijuana.
Michigan state Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn) on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed to combat the sale and use of synthetic marijuana in the state of Michigan, according to Darany's office. The legislation–House Bill 5709–would require the Michigan Department of Community Health in cooperation with the State Police to analyze the content of the herbal mixtures and create a written report of its findings. The bill concerns rampant sale and use of the synthetic drug known commonly as K2 or Spice. The drug has stirred up opposition in Michigan–especially recently, with several highly publicized cases of violence or health problems resulting in teens who used the drug. The most recent incident being the death of 18-year-old Bloomfield …