COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Drug Free Collier held two community meetings today to educate people about synthetic drugs.
It's a product you legally buy at some convenience stores, but has the same effect as marijuana.
K-2, or spice, is the common name for synthetic marijuana.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office says it is an issue, but not as big of a problem here as in other parts of the state.
Drug Free Collier brought in numerous speakers to address community members on the dangers and warning signs of the drug.
It can produce a similar high to illegal marijuana, but detectives say because you don't know exactly what is in it, it can be even more dangerous.
Some stores get away with selling it because they manipulate the chemicals. Detective Ashley Hill says, "the new chemicals that they are selling are not falling under our banned substances act."
He also says, "the packaging is done in a manner in which the sellers or manufacturers are attempting to sell it as a product other than how they know it is being used, in an attempt to skirt the law." Many of the packages say "not for human consumption" on the label.
One local 15-year-old who tried the drug talked to the crowd about his experiences. He said, "I was told that you buy it at convenience stores and it doesn't show up on a drug test so I thought hey why not smoke it. Then I had some bad experiences with it, headaches, panic attacks. It's really a gross drug."
The young man got help at the David Lawrence Center for this, and other drugs. He has a message for others: stay drug free. "You know, I used drugs and now I've been drug free for over 3 months and I feel better, I feel great. I wake up in the morning and just like to look good and it's just much better being sober than using drugs."
For more information, you can call Drug Free Collier at 239-377-0535.
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